Keeping horses in their current home is often the best solution for at-risk horses, which is why the ASPCA supports innovative programs aiding horse owners who are temporarily unable to care for their horses. In 2018, the ASPCA awarded a total of $125,000 to three organizations that are developing innovative programs to prevent horses from needing to be rehomed.
Of course, there are times when it’s not in the best interest of a horse to remain in their home—or times when a horse owner can no longer care for their horse—and rehoming or euthanasia is the best option. When dog or cat owners are unable to keep their pet, they can relinquish them to a shelter, where they’ll receive humane care. There is no equivalent safe, humane, open-admission option available for horses. The ASPCA, in partnership with The Right Horse Initiative, has started a pilot Regional Support Center for horse owners in Texas, providing an open door and no-cost assistance to horse owners in select counties.
In this section we’ll share learnings from our own safety-net programs and those that we support, to improve the lives of at-risk horses.