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Palo Alto Humane Society (Palo Alto, California 94306) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable, volunteer-supported organization.


PAHS is one of the few humane societies nationwide with no animal shelter. Instead of managing animals inside a shelter, we work to keep animals out of the shelter through humane programs in intervention, advocacy, and education. For a century, our mission has been to alleviate the suffering of animals, increase public sensitivity to animal issues, and elevate the status of animals in our society.


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St. Mary’s Animal Welfare League (Leonardtown, Maryland 20650) is a nonprofit, rescue organization that specializes in the rescue, care and placement of abused, neglected and homeless companion animals.


Our animals are vaccinated, microchipped, spayed or neutered, and receive medical treatment before being placed in carefully selected homes. We strive to educate the community in areas of humane education and responsible pet ownership, as well as helping to control the pet overpopulation in our area by promoting the spaying and neutering of all companion animals.

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The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (Crozier, Virginia 23039) is the oldest and largest equine sanctuary of its kind in the world. It was founded with one purpose in mind — to save Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the racetrack from possible neglect, abuse, and slaughter.


The James River chapter was founded in 2007 as one of the Second Chances programs where horses live at correctional centers. At James River Work Center offenders care for the horses and become certified in the nationally acclaimed Groom Elite program in the process. The horses here are assured a lifetime of care with the opportunity to be adopted out if suited. Our success stories confirm that our program is horses helping people, people helping horses.

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The Equine Rescue League (Leesburg, Virginia 20177) is a non-profit organization that was established in 1990 that supports the responsible use of working, sport and pleasure horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. Our goals are to prevent the neglect or abuse of any equine, to offer educational programs to the community and to provide rehabilitation and adoption for those animals in need of our services.


Located at Promise Kept Farm on 20 acres in Lovettsville, Virginia, the ERL has a full time farm manager along with several part time employees and dozens of volunteers providing around-the-clock care to all residents, including those with special needs. 

We work to provide a safe haven to equines in need, to care for them as they embark on the challenging road to recovery and to place them into loving forever homes. 

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In 2001, through the generosity of a very special person, The Horse Protection Association of Florida moved to a farm in Marion County, Florida’s Horse Capital. The Horse Protection Association of Florida has a long-term lease on 150 acres of high quality grazing land. The farm has a small covered arena, a storage building, a four stall barn and a pole barn.


HPAF is located in beautiful Northwest Marion County, near the historic towns of Micanopy and McIntosh. 150 acres of lush grass provides excellent nutrition and a peaceful environment for the horses.

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The mission of LoneStar Outreach to Place Ex-Racers (Dripping Springs, Texas 78620) is to provide Texas racehorses with opportunities for new careers after their racing days end.


We are inspired by the classical horsemanship philosophy practiced by Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt, and all who follow in their footsteps.To borrow from Ray Hunt’s famous quote, we prepare the racehorses to be in a good position for a successful transition.

LOPE believes that every ex-racehorse is waiting to be someone’s special champion — whether as a trail horse, show competitor or just plain pet. For us, it’s an honor to work with such tremendous ex-athletes, so full of intelligence and fine bloodlines. Every horse is special to us — and we believe that every horse needs a job, a special vocation, in order to be happy and true to its nature.

At LOPE, we respect, admire and value the ex-racehorses — and we want everyone who owns one to feel that way, too.

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Peaceful Ridge Rescue (Davie, Florida 33330) believes that every horse deserves a second chance.


Peaceful Ridge Rescue is always on a mission to find a home for every horse.

Show a horse kindness and he will give you his big heart……


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Dark Horse Rescue (Hernando, Mississippi 38632) began in early 2009 in response to a growing need of a safe place for abandoned and neglected horses in the West Tennessee and North Mississippi area. We have grown from a backyard to a fully-functioning rescue facility located in Byhalia, MS.



Dark Horse Rescue is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that provides proper nutrition and medical care to area horses that have been abandoned, neglected, or abused. Upon arrival, each horse is placed in quarantine in order to avoid spread of disease. Horses are evaluated in order to determine nutritional needs and their diet is adjusted accordingly. Pregnant mares stay at DHR until foals are weaned at which time mare and foal are separately placed up for adoption.

Today, DHR has rehabilitated over 50 horses and placed most in adoptive homes. We continue to grow thanks to the wonderful support we have received throughout the community.

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Fallen Horses is a 501(c)3 equine rescue, shelter, and re-homing program in Pinon Hills, California. We are committed to rescuing off-the-track Thoroughbreds and other horses, including owner-surrendered, neglected, abused, and abandoned animals. Our goal is to rehabilitate and retrain the horses under our care and place them for adoption into appropriate homes.


Fallen Horses also conducts an on-going to educate the public concerning the requirements of horse ownership and will offer resources, including feed and veterinary assistance,  to current horse owners with the goal of reducing the number of horses abused, neglected and abandoned each year. All of the organization’s activities are conducted by its board of directors and volunteers.

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When a real horse walks into the hospital room of a sick child, it is always a magical experience. Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses (Gainesville, Florida 32635) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. The teams of tiny horses visit over 25,000 adults and children each year inside hospitals, hospice programs, and with children who have experienced traumatic events. From the school children and first responders of Sandy Hook Elementary School / Newtown, CT, to the tornado survivors of Moore, OK, child trafficking victims in Washington D.C. and even children living in orphanages in Greece, these tiny horses bring their special love where it is needed most.


Gentle Carousel’s award winning literacy program Reading Is Magic also brings also real horses inside schools, at risk youth programs and libraries to inspire young readers and “bring books to life.”

Gentle Carousel’s therapy horse Magic was named by TIME Magazine one of History’s Ten Most Courageous Animals (the only living animal on the list).  She is also AARP’s Most Heroic Pet in America, a Readers Digest/Americantowns Power of One Hero and was one of Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s Ten Most Heroic Animals In America.

Therapy horses Magic and Hamlet are honored to be 2014 Breyer Model Horses.

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