Resources for Rescues

The following are links to materials and organizations that can provide assistance to rescue / rehabilitation / sanctuary facilities.

Guidelines for Rescues

Basic Guidelines for Operating an Equine Rescue or Retirement Facility (Animal Welfare Institute / Humane Society) Care Guidelines for Rescue and Retirement Facilities (AAEP) Equine Sanctuary & Rescue Facility Guidelines (UC Davis)


Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

Match Horses with Adopters

Home for Every Horse The A Home for Every Horse program helps connect rescue horses in need of homes, in over 600 rescues across the United States, with people looking for horses. Rescue organizations can list their horses for free on, plus receive other benefits such a free feed coupons from Purina. The AHFEH Program Manual is available here.

Non-Profit Management / Fundraising

Homes for Horses Coalition (HHC) The HHC Resource Toolkit includes a comprehensive list of resources for rescues looking for help with fundraising, technology, volunteer management, advocacy, grant writing and much more.  A wonderful resource for rescues.

ASPCA Equine Fund The ASPCA Equine Fund provides a wealth of resources in addition to offering substantial grant funding.  Education webinars range from stress management to becoming a 501(c)3, and building a better Board of Directors to getting the most out of social media.

How to Start and Run a Rescue  This book is a valuable resource for those looking to start a rescue or for established equine rescues wishing to improve their business. It is available for purchase from the UHC (donated by the The Equine Network), and all proceeds support Operation Gelding. BarnManager is excited to offer free subscriptions to all registered 501(c)(3) organizations. BarnManager is a cloud-based software solution that provides horse owners and managers with the tools they need to streamline and simplify their daily management responsibilities. The program offers digitized record keeping for the many facets of horse care, and intuitive and simple business tools to make small business management accessible and easy. Managers can access BarnManager from their computer, smartphone, or tablet to create detailed horse profiles, track medical records, schedule appointments, and more. Register today!

Equine Welfare Grants

See the Homes for Horses Coalition website for a comprehensive list of grants and tips on preparing a winning grant application. 

American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation (Note: Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief applications are now only accepted ONE time per year) ASPCA Equine Fund Grants EQUUS Foundation Other Grant Making Organizations (from Michigan State University)

Did You Know?

The United States Trotting Association provides financial assistance to public agencies and 501c3 charitable groups caring for a registered Standardbred that has been abandoned, or is subject to removal due to legal intervention.  Read the details here.