Helping the Forgotten and Unwanted Horses of Kentucky
Nothing defines the culture of Kentucky better than the state's passion for horses. One visit to Kentucky's horse country complete with lush rolling hills of bluegrass, beautiful barns and peacefully grazing horses and it's easy to see why we are internationally known as the Horse Capital of the World.
In 1884, the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) was founded to advocate for water troughs for carriage horses in Downtown Louisville. While our primary focus in recent years has been dog and cat welfare, and we are the largest pet adoption agency in Kentucky, we have not forgotten our equine roots.
KHS has made a commitment to find solutions for neglected, abused, or abandoned horses in Kentucky, and to ultimately reduce the number of unwanted horses that may wind up in bad situations in the future. There is an overwhelming need to assist horses; rescues are overcrowded, funding is limited for county shelters to house equines, laws are antiquated, and education about responsible horse care is lacking in many circumstances. This scenario often leaves horses in tragic and helpless situations, and has even resulted in a free-roaming population of domestic horses in parts of our state.
Equine C.A.R.E. (Connect, Assist, Rescue, Educate)
In 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, and making educational tools and resources available to our equine community.
Trouble Keeping Your Horse? Call our Horse Help Line
Are you facing a crisis that is making it difficult to keep your horse? Call our new Horse Help Line, 502-495-3881, for help, or email [email protected]. KHS is working with the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) and the Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian to identify and assist horses whose owners struggle to provide care or who are at risk of surrender. KHS is also deploying support to needy horse owners to help them keep their animals. The project is funded by a grant from the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). Learn more
Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Certified
In June 2019, the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) - the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries - awarded Accredited status to the Kentucky Humane Society Equine C.A.R.E. Program. Accreditation signifies that our program meets GFAS’s rigorous and peer-reviewed equine care standards which are confirmed by a comprehensive site visit. Accreditation also signifies adherence to standards addressing the sustainability of the organization, ethical principles, finances, staffing, education outreach, security and safety and other operational aspects. More about GFAS accreditation
The Right Horse
As 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 righthorse.org.