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Buffalo Trace Distillery will match donations--up to a total of $10,000!

Spring is a magical season in Kentucky, with flowers, showers--and adorable newborn foals.

But some baby horses are orphaned and need the Kentucky Humane Society’s help to survive and thrive. Will you help us save them?

Now is the perfect time to give: Buffalo Trace Distillery has agreed to match every gift to the Kentucky Humane Society to help horses – up to a total of $10,000! This matching gift means that your gift will go twice as far.

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Without mothers, these orphans need lots of TLC:

  • We bottle-feed them every few hours.
  • We provide emergency veterinary care for those that need it.
  • We pair them with an orphaned “buddy” and a gentle adult horse who teaches them how to be horses.
  • We socialize them and get them used to barn life, so they grow up to be well-adjusted companions.

This level of care is extremely expensive, which is why we need your help.

One bucket of milk replacer costs $75 and feeds one foal for five days, and medical care is often hundreds of dollars per foal. KHS has agreed to take up to 25-30 orphaned foals this spring alone; we anticipate it will take over $20,000 to save them all.

When the foals are stable and mature enough, we find loving homes in Kentucky and other welcoming destinations across the country.

You can help our horses by giving to the KHS Equine C.A.R.E Program today. And don’t forget – Buffalo Trace Distillery will match your donation.


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We Are Celebrating #HelpAHorse Day - Join Us!

The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) is participating in the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) national #HelpAHorse Day contest, which kicks off on April 26, competing for a chance to win some of the $110,000 available in grant prizes. The competition is designed to raise awareness about the year-round lifesaving work that agencies do to find good homes for horses.

Starting on Help a Horse Day April 26 and continuing through June 30, KHS will compete with other equine groups to break down barriers to adopting and to see how many horses they can adopt out.

“Our goal is to highlight the incredible horses we have who are ready for adoption,” said Shara Wiesenauer, KHS Equine Director. “Kentuckians love horses, and we want to encourage people to make adoption their first option when acquiring a new equine companion.”

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Equine C.A.R.E. (Connect, Assist, Rescue, Educate)

equineCARElogo-webIn 2015, KHS launched our Equine C.A.R.E. (connect, assist, rescue, educate) Program to focus on helping the companion or recreational horse, as this fits our mission to advocate for the humane treatment of all companion animals. Equine C.A.R.E. priorities include moving horses from crisis into safe homes or rescue, providing re-homing services to horse owners who can no longer keep them, matching available horses with adopters, implementing gelding and wellness clinics, and making educational tools and resources available to our equine community.

In 2015 our Equine C.A.R.E program was part of a diverse coalition that successfully advocated for reducing Kentucky's stray-hold period for horses from 90 days to 15 days. This law is designed to protect at-risk free-roaming horses. Learn more


The Right Horse

TRH Horiz 4C webAs a partner in The Right Horse Initiative, we’re proud to support a national movement reframing the conversation about equine adoption. Kentucky Humane Society Equine C.A.R.E is working with The Right Horse Initiative to promote equine adoption as well as the bond between horses and humans. We are good people for good horses, and everyone who loves horses has ownership in this movement. To learn more about The Right Horse Initiative, visit the



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