Horse Rescue & Adoptions
Note: This section is currently under development. If you are aware of a Horse Rescue / Adoption Organization that is not listed here, please contact us with details and we will be pleased to add it to the listing.
National Organizations - Canada
- The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition
A collective of people and national groups working together to ban the slaughter of equines for human consumption in Canada as well as the export of live horses to other countries for the same purpose.
- Circle F Horse Rescue Society
"Circle F Horse Rescue Society is a registered charitable organization established in 1997. Our founder felt that all horses should be given the gift of Freedom - Freedom from neglect, Freedom from abuse, and the Freedom to have a good home. Circle 'F' stands for 'Freedom for all Horses'."
- Horse Protection Society of BC
Founded in 1984 by Melva Mclean and based in Langley, BC. Mission: "Prevent cruelty to horses, whether deliberate or due to ignorance; educate the public about equine needs; provide information and guidance with regards to horse care; stop the inhumane slaughter of horses."
- J & M Acres Horse Rescue
An all-breed private rescue located in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. "Our mission is to get as many horses off the meat truck and into good homes as we can."
- Bear Valley Rescue
Bear Valley Rescue was founded in 2004 and is located in west-central Alberta. BVR's mission is to save from slaughter usable and healthy horses and find them good homes; to rescue injured or ailing animals from auctions and feedlots or abusive situations and rehabilitate them, or alleviate their suffering; to educate the public on the plight of unwanted or aging horses and other animals; to network with other rescue organizations and provide support through these networks for finding and placing distressed animals.
- Dare To Dream Horse Rescue
Located in Dalemead, Alberta. "Dare to Dream Horse Rescue is working to save young horses from being slaughtered. The horses featured on our website have been saved from this fate. We make sure they are healthy and then decide whether they will stay at the rescue to become part of our youth program, or sold to approved loving homes."
- Adopt A Preloved Horse
Adopt A Preloved Horse rescues and rehabilitates horses and donkeys and, through adoption/sale, places them in homes which are the best match possible for both horse/donkey and new family.
Near Cameron, Ontario
- Heaven Can Wait Equine Rescue
Located in Cameron, Ontario, Canada, approximately 2 hours North East of Toronto. This Equine Rescue was started by Claire Malcolm in 1997 to help save horses and ponies from slaughter, and take in any unwanted horse or pony and find them a new, loving home.
- LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society
"The purpose of our organization pertains to the welfare of our thoroughbred racehorses when they are no longer able to compete. Our mission is to find them loving, adoptive homes and, perhaps, alternative careers, ensuring them the dignified and happy retirement they so richly deserve. In addition, we aim to educate our owners, trainers, breeders and the general public about the merits of this humane alternative."
- New Horizons Equine Centre
New Horizons Equine Center, located near Dresden, Ontario, is a rescue and rehabilitation facility that focues on re-training off-the-track Standardbreds for a second career.
- Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (OSAS)
An approved charitable organization, founded in 1996 to assist in the adoption and relocation of retired and non-racing Standardbred horses within Ontario.
- Refuge RR
"Refuge RR for Horses is a registered, charitable organization which rescues, rehabilitates and provides permanent homes for abused, neglected and/or abandoned horses. We also provide peaceful retirement for horses who are no longer serviceable."
- Saving Grace Equine Rescue
Located in Muskoka, Ontario, Saving Grace Equine Rescue provides rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming of neglected, abused and unwanted horses and ponies. The rescue was founded in 2000 and has placed numerous animals into new and loving homes.
- Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue
"Our mandate is to provide care and rehabilitation to abused and neglected horses. We assist members of the community that can no longer care for their horses, in an attempt to prevent innocent animals being subjected to the auctions and slaughter."
- The Hoof Beat
Lunenberg, Nova Scotia
A non-profit group dedicated to finding homes for neglected, abused and abandoned animals.