New Vocations is pleased to announce that it won a $5,000 grant from the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) as a runner up in its Help A Horse Day contest that ran April 26-June 30. Over 100 groups from across the country participated in the contest, and groups were judged on the following criteria within that time period: number of adoptions and adoption commitments they secured, best overall adoption campaign, amount of funds raised during the contest and most compelling adoption video. New Vocations will use the grant to help with veterinary care for Thoroughbreds rehabilitating at its Lexington, KY facility.
“Over 70% of the Thoroughbreds coming to New Vocations have retired from racing with injuries,” said Executive Director Dot Morgan. “A great deal of money is spent on surgeries, x-rays, ultrasounds and special shoeing. The ASPCA grant will go toward this crucial veterinary care to prepare these horses for retraining and adoption.”
“The primary goal of Help a Horse Day is to elevate equine welfare. This year we challenged groups to focus their efforts on adoption and we were blown away by the incredible progress they made towards finding homes for the horses in their care,” said Dr. Emily Weiss, vice president of ASPCA Equine Welfare. “We are pleased to award this prize to New Vocations for their outstanding achievements during the contest, which contributed to more than 1,000 horses finding new homes.”
About New Vocations
Founded in 1992, New Vocations has grown into the largest racehorse adoption program in the country. Its mission to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome retired Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds has led to the placement of over 6,500 individuals, with 450 retirees entering the program each year. With six facilities in Kentucky, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania, New Vocations serves over 40 racetracks, working directly with owners and trainers in need of aftercare options.
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New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program
Dot Morgan, Executive Director