Rescue organizations provide a sanctuary for neglected horses and now more than ever, these organizations need our help and support. Many of these groups also focus on rehabilitating and retraining racehorses so they can have peaceful, pleasant futures as either companions or riding horses.

These organizations don’t just need money. They need volunteers and they need supplies. If you have any spare time – even an hour a week or an hour a month – you can help care for some of these rescued horses. Or maybe you have some stable and horse supplies lying around that could be put to use by one of these farms. However you choose to help, you will be rewarded by knowing that you’ve helped improve the quality of life for some very deserving equines.

Many lovely horses and ponies are waiting for good homes. If you are looking for an equine companion, please consider adoption from one of these organizations.

Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue

Since its inception in April 2006, Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue (ATBR) has rescued more than 100 horses directly from auction houses such as New Holland, PA, where they are destined for slaughter.  Many other horses have been shipped to Akindale from national organizations such as TRF and Mid Atlantic Horse Rescue because ATBR provides safe haven for horses that can no longer race, are still in their prime, and are ready for new careers or to be companion animals.

Located on 1000 acres of pristine land in Pawling, NY, Akindale was founded by John Hettinger, a respected businessman and philanthropist. Mr. Hettinger had long been a leading force in the on-going battle to end horse slaughter in the United States. As a life-long thoroughbred owner and breeder, Mr. Hettinger had a vision of keeping these magnificent animals, who have given so much to so many, from a hard and cruel fate. He fought daily to have the necessary bills passed into law, making illegal the slaughter of horses as well as the inhumane transportation of horses bound for slaughter over the US borders into Canada and Mexico. His property was deeded in perpetuity, to provide for the ongoing care of these horses.

Akindale is a nationally recognized name, synonymous with the cause. While in the past ATBR has made valuable contributions in saving many thoroughbreds, there are so many more still needing to be rescued.

In order to fulfill its mission of “providing a safe haven for thoroughbreds no longer able to race”, the ATBR has expanded its goals. Realizing that more horses need to be responsibly adopted to private owners, so more can be taken in, they are committed to training and more aggressive communication about the adoption program.
Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue
323 Quaker Hill Road
Pawling, NY  12564
845.855.1442 fax

Catskill Animal Sanctuary

Located in the New York’s Hudson Valley, Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS) is a 110-acre haven for horses and farm animals rescued from cruelty and neglect. In addition to emergency rescue, CAS provides innovative programs that educate the public about the sentience of farm animals, and the devastating impacts of agribusiness and institutionalized cruelty on animals, people, and the planet.

CAS offers weekend and special group tours, vegan cooking classes, speaking engagements, a summer day camp for kids, and a host of compassionate programming year round at its primarily solar-powered sanctuary. Lodging and meeting space are available on site at The Homestead, a beautifully renovated pre-Revolutionary farmhouse.
Since 2001, CAS has rescued over 2,000 animals, and has worked in tandem with law enforcement to bring animal abusers to justice. Founder/Director Kathy Stevens blogs for the Huffington Post and is the author of the highly acclaimed books, Where the Blind Horse Sings and Animal Camp.
Catskill Animal Sanctuary
316 Old Stage Road
Saugerties, NY 12477
(845) 336-8447

Central New England Equine Rescue, Inc.

The mission at Central New England Equine Rescue is “to rescue abused, abandoned and neglected horses, restoring them back to their proper health and natural spirit.”  They run an educational program on how to responsibly care for horses.
Central New England Equine Rescue, Inc.
96 Crouch Rd
PO Box 262
West Warren, MA 01092
(978) 621.6717

Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue

Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue, Inc. is an all volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of draft horses that were bound for slaughter in addition to draft horses that are victims of starvation, neglect or abuse or whose owners are unable to provide for their needs.  Our intentions are:

Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue
15 Rock Landing Rd,
Haddam, CT 06424

Equine Advocates, Inc.

The mission of Equine Advocates is “to rescue, protect, and prevent the abuse of horses through education, investigation, rescue operations, and the dissemination of information to the public.” The organization deals primarily with issues involving equine rescue, horse slaughter, wild horses, the PMU (pregnant mare’s urine) industry, and the prevention of equine abuse.Since its inception, Equine Advocates has helped rescue and place hundreds of horses.
Equine Advocates, Inc.
P.O. Box 354
Chatham , NY 12037-0354
(518) 245-1599

Equine Angels Rescue Sanctuary

Equine Angels Rescue Sanctuary (EARS) rescues and finds homes for horses that were used to make the hormone replacement drug Premarin. EARS currently has many foals and adult horses available for adoption.
Equine Angels Rescue Sanctuary
214 Candlewood Mtn. Road
New Milford, CT 06776
(203) 733-3576

Equine Rescue, Inc.

Equine Rescue rescues and provides care, rehabilitation and adoption services for abused, neglected, abandoned and unwanted horses. They specialize in horses that have chronic health issues. Equine Rescue offers permanent sanctuary to all the horses that cannot be placed in new homes.
Equine Rescue, Inc.
P.O. Box 392
Walden, NY 12586
(845) 733-6085

Equine Rescue Resource, Inc.

Equine Rescue Resource began as an educational venture to create awareness on the issues facing equines in the United States. Their goal is to prevent horses from becoming victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment. Equine Rescue Resource helps horses in need by working to prevent cruelty, by educating the public on equine welfare issues, and by facilitating rescue efforts.
Equine Rescue Resource, Inc.
P.O. Box 17
Pine Bush , NY 12566
(845) 744-1728

Godspeed Horse Hostel, Inc.

Godspeed Horse Hostel’s mission has many components. First and foremost is to purchase Premarin weanling horses from Canada and the United States that would otherwise be slaughtered and then transport, train and donate them to PATH certified therapeutic riding programs and/or The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association accredited colleges.

The rescue invented and patented an internationally distributed horse treat called U-Bake Horse Treats.  When the treats are sold, all proceeds go to the rescue. These treats are manufactured as part of a job site curriculum requirement by students at The Maplebrook School; a post secondary school for the learning disabled.

The rescue also works as a placement agency in the tri-state area for unwanted horses. We place an additional six to eight horses annually this way. We also have a subsidized horse boarding program for owners of previously rescued horses.

Godspeed Horse Hostel Inc.
5214 Rte 22
Amenia, NY 12501

H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut

H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abused and neglected horses. They intervene on the behalf of suffering equines by providing relief, recovery, shelter and rehabilitation.  Once a horse is physically and mentally rehabilitated, they begin the process of seeking an adoptive home.H.O.R.S.E. also has an on-going commitment to educating the public about proper horse care. They hold regular seminars to educate people about various topics such as the Premarin industry, animal cruelty, horse rescue, and the many other facets of the work that they are involved with.
H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut
43 Wilbur Rd.
Washington, CT 06777

SquirrelWood Equine Sanctuary

New York 501(c)(3) rescue that specializes in horses at risk of shipment to slaughter. Volunteer, adopt or donate!

Beth Hyman
1994 State Route 17K, Montgomery, NY 12549
845 361.2316

Standardbred Retirement Foundation

Founded in 1989 to ensure the humane treatment of Standardbred Horses when their racing careers end, the Standardbred Retirement Foundation currently has many horses in need of homes. Standardbreds are trained to race at the trot or pace while pulling a jockey in a lightweight sulky. These horses, like Thoroughbreds, need help finding loving homes after their days at the racetrack are over. Standardbreds can become reliable riding and driving horses and due to their ground-covering strides, some Standardbreds have excelled in the sport of distance riding. The Standardbred Retirement Foundation does not have its own farm, but foster farms located around the country board and care for horses until they are adopted.
Standardbred Retirement Foundation
108 F Old York Road
Hamilton, NJ 08620

Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is the oldest and largest animal sanctuary in the world dedicated to saving Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the racetrack from possible neglect, abuse, and slaughter. The TRF cares for approximately 1,100 horses at 29 facilities in 13 states. At several adoption centers, ex-racehorses are prepared for new careers as riding horses, pasture buddies, equine-assisted therapy partners, polo ponies, mounted police horses, and more. Those that are unsuitable for adoption are permanently retired to TRF farms located at 8 state correctional facilities, where incarcerated men and women participate in a vocational training program in equine care and stable management.  The TRF has a very small but hardworking staff, receives no government funding and is entirely dependent on private donations.

Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation
PO Box 3387
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 226-0028

For listings of additional rescue organizations, check The American Horse Defense Fund.