Equine C.A.R.E. (Connect, Assist, Rescue, Educate)
Our Equine C.A.R.E. (connect, assist, rescue, educate) Program focuses 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.
Donate for Horses and Have Your Gift Matched
Will you help horses in dire straits? Donate before Dec. 31, 2017, and an anonymous donor will match the first $25,000 donated! Donate now
Twiggy, a horse we recently rescued, is proof that your help is needed. Her recovery also shows that supporting the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) saves countless equines from unimaginable suffering and death.
Our story starts this past Fourth of July, when we received a call from a local municipal shelter about a severely emaciated horse wandering in a field. The shelter didn’t have the resources to help, so they needed our assistance. We rushed to this remote spot and found the thinnest horse we had ever seen. She was close to death, and we weren’t sure she would even survive the ride in the trailer to the veterinarian.
The vet took one look and was surprised she could even stand. He gave her a 1 out of 9 on the Body Condition Score and immediately started her on fluids, supplements, and antibiotics—if he had given actual food to a horse so emaciated, she would have died.
While our patient was being treated, we discussed how she could have ended up in such a desperate condition. An abandoned horse would have foraged for food, so she would have been in better health. This horse had to have been purposely starved by her owner and then left to die.
Twiggy still has a long way to go. She’s still too thin for a saddle, so we can’t yet test her for riding. She still has to become much stronger before she can be put up for adoption.
Twiggy’s story is going to have a happy ending, but there are thousands of horses in life-or-death situations.
That’s where you come in. Your donation will help us save other horses like Twiggy. And whatever you give before Dec. 31, 2017, will automatically be doubled!