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Equine Welfare Data Collective



What are we?

A collaboration to accumulate, analyze, and report data to enhance programming for transitioning and at-risk equines.


Who are we?

The Equine Welfare Data Collective (EWDC) was created by the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC), a program of the American Horse Council (AHC), with funding partners being The Right Horse Initiative (TRH), The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation (AAEPF).

We are a group of agencies collecting national data on equine welfare from transition centers, adoption centers, rescues, sanctuaries, shelters, and other organizations involved in equine welfare.

Initially we will collect and share baseline trends such as capacity, current population descriptions, intakes, and outcomes.

Why are we doing this?

We understand the power of data and how it can vastly shift the dialogue around an issue and drive positive change.

Most of the current data on equine welfare in the United States is anecdotal and we feel we’ve done what we can with the data we have.

As funders and industry professionals we identified a need for accurate and credible data, and we see it as our responsibility to understand the issues and provide needed insight.

We must measure progress and identify risks and opportunities within the industry on a national scale, so organizations like yours can develop impactful and sustainable programs.


How do we plan on accomplishing this?

Online surveys will be distributed to organizations in the United States involved with helping horses in transition within the coming months.

We will be transparent with our methodology to encourage participation and produce credible data.

Results will remain anonymous with no identifying factors of organizations contributing data.

We will begin collection of data before November 1, 2018, and with robust contribution the first round of results will be distributed by January 1, 2019.


Why should your group become a member and contribute data?

Your data contribution will provide for more accurate study results to help you understand and communicate the scope of the issues you are tackling, better serve your community, and become a benchmark among industry leaders.

Granting organizations such as UHC, TRH, AAEPF, and ASPCA will be looking for your contribution to the EWDC as part of their funding considerations.

Contributing organizations will be the first to receive results from the data collected and will be given an EWDC member badge for their website to demonstrate to publicly demonstrate their commitment to our mission.

Check out our survey guide!





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