ASPCA Lends a Helping Hoof to Retired Racehorses

July 30, 2019


Last week, the ASPCA announced a grant of $250,500 to 12 equine rescue groups to assist their efforts to rehabilitate and retrain retired racehorses. Launched in 2010, the ASPCA Rescuing Racers Initiative has awarded over $2 million to prepare horses for new homes or careers once they retire from racing.

“The ASPCA Rescuing Racers Initiative provides focused and impactful grant funding to the many groups around the country that provide critical resources to former racehorses,” said Dr. Emily Weiss, Vice President of Equine Welfare for the ASPCA. “While their racing careers may have ended, these retirees still have much to offer, and we are proud to support these innovative groups as they effectively, humanely and efficiently rehabilitate and rehome retired racers.”

Congratulations to the following 2019 Rescuing Racers Initiative grant recipients that were awarded grants ranging from $5,000-$50,000 to support their work:

  • Friends of Ferdinand, IN
  • Hope for Horses, NC
  • Horse and Hound, OK
  • Kentucky Equine Adoption Center, KY
  • MidAtlantic Horse Rescue, Inc., MD
  • New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, KY, LA and OH
  • Redwings Horse Sanctuary, CA
  • ReRun Thoroughbred Adoption, NY
  • This Old Horse, MN
  •  Beyond the Roses Equine Rescue and Retirement, MI
  • Racers Placers Inc., WI

The ASPCA Equine Welfare department is focused on ensuring the welfare of horses nationwide. Our strategies include working collaboratively with stakeholders in both the rescue community and equine industries to help at-risk horses safely transition to new homes and careers, increasing safety net support for horse owners and enhancing equine anti-cruelty efforts.

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