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Thoroughbred Charities of America (Lexington, Kentucky 40591) is a charitable organization that provides grants to non-profit organizations that work toward improving the lives of Thoroughbred racehorses and the people who work with them. TCA offers the Thoroughbred industry and its supporters a way to give to one organization while helping many.

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TCA distributes grants to four types of organizations:

  • Thoroughbred rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, adoption and retirement
  • Education and backstretch employee programs
  • Therapeutic riding programs that utilize Thoroughbreds
  • Equine research

TCA at a Glance

  • TCA is a charitable organization which follows a “United Way” methodology, providing the Thoroughbred industry and its supporters a way to give to one organization while helping many.
  • Over the past 22 years TCA has provide grants to more than 200 Thoroughbred related organizations.
  • TCA’s Board of Directors consists of some of the most knowledgeable and respected people in the Thoroughbred industry.

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Old Friends (Georgetown, Kentucky 40324) provides a dignified retirement to Thoroughbreds whose racing and breeding careers have come to an end. By promoting these one-time celebrated horses through a campaign of education and tourism, Old Friends hopes to raise awareness of  all equines in need.

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At Old Friends, the horses may not be racing anymore, but they are winners every day. Founded in 2003 by former Boston Globe film critic Michael Blowen, Old Friends now cares for more than 130 horses across three states, most of them stallions whose racing and breeding careers came to an end. A “living history museum of horse racing,” the farm attracts nearly 20,000 tourists annually that get up close and personal with such stars of the turf as Breeders’ Cup Champion Gulch, Eclipse-Award winner Sunshine Forever, Whitney Handicap Winner Commentator, millionaire gelding Arson Squad, and…the losingest horse in the history of racing, Zippy Chippy.

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The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (Lexington, Kentucky 40583) is the largest equine sanctuary in the world devoted to the rescue, retirement, rehabilitation, and retraining of Thoroughbred racehorses no longer able to compete on the track. The TRF currently cares for over 1,050 retired and rescued racehorses and has adopted out more than 800 to loving homes.

At re-training farms around the country, the TRF prepares racehorses for adoption as riding and companion horses. At eight correctional facilities, inmates build life skills while participating in a vocational training program as they provide supervised care to the TRF’s retired horses.

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is a place that offers a humane alternative to the dire possibilities that have long faced a great majority of ex-racers – neglect, abuse, and slaughter. It is a place, built on love and caring, that is befitting such noble and deserving animals. As a registered 501(c)(3) organization, the TRF receives no public funding and is entirely dependent on the generosity of private individuals.

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Jack’s Place Animal Rescue (White Plains, Kentucky 42464) was founded in 2003 by Bob and Chris Thorowgood, two retired civil servants who were looking for an opportunity to give back to the community.

Jack’s Place is named after Jack Dukes, Bob’s Uncle, who loved animals and left a small financial legacy to Bob that was used to get Jack’s Place started.

Since moving to Western Kentucky and opening their rescue, Bob and Chris have helped find homes for over 500 dogs and cats. They have rescued animals from abusive homes and nurtured severely ill animals back to health.

Bob and Chris are the proud parents of three two-legged and a dozen four-legged children. They have two grandsons, Christopher and Carter, whom they love to spoil.

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Kentuckiana Pug Rescue (Louisville, Kentucky 40252) is dedicated to the rescue, care, and placement of unwanted, abandoned, neglected, and abused Pugs, giving them a second chance in a loving and caring forever home.

KPR takes any Pugs from the U.S. states of Kentucky and Indiana, regardless of their age, temperament, or medical condition. All pugs receive medical care and treatment (if needed), are spayed or neutered prior to placement, and receive heartworm and fecal testing, and routine vaccinations.

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Bowling Green Warren County Humane Society (Bowling Green, Kentucky 42102) is an independent, non-profit agency contracted by Warren County to operate the animal shelter, which the society moved into in 1983.

The Humane Society’s mission is to provide a clean, comfortable shelter for homeless, abused, lost, and impounded animals of the community; to place as many of these animals as possible in loving and responsible homes and humanely euthanize those not adopted; to investigate complaints of animal abuse/neglect; and to educate the public about responsible care of companion animals, especially spay/neuter.

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Home At Last Animal Sanctuary (Salvia, Kentucky 40372), accredited by the American Sanctuary Association, provides lifetime care for many animals, including dogs, cats, pigs, cows, goats, rabbits, and horses, and includes a separate wildlife refuge.

Home At Last is a for-life sanctuary, emphasizing the concept of compassion and offering exceptional quality of life for many formerly abandoned or abused animals. Its message is simple: compassion for ALL species.

Programs include rescue, adoption, educational outreach, low-income spay/neuter assistance, and feral trap/spay/neuter/release.

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The Humane Society of Harrison County (Cynthiana, Kentucky 41031) is a non-profit organization separate from, but working closely with, the Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter, to promote animal welfare within the community and adoptions at the shelter.

The Humane Society of Harrison County meets the first Thursday of each month at the Cynthiana Presbyterian Church at 7 pm. If you are interested in helping the pets in the county, please come and sit in on a meeting. You’ll find they are very busy and have lots going on. Everyone can do something, no matter how small, and it all adds up to make a big difference in the lives of the unwanted, homeless pets given up to the Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter.

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Since 1884, the Kentucky Humane Society (Louisville, Kentucky 40214) has been providing shelter, food, and medical care for thousands of unwanted, neglected, and abused animals.

KHS is the oldest animal agency in Kentucky and the largest animal welfare organization in the state. As a private, non-profit animal welfare agency, KHS accepts any cat and dog in need, regardless of health, background, breed, and temperament.

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Lexington Humane Society (Lexington, Kentucky 40504) is a non-profit shelter that cares for more than 12,000 animals each year.

Its mission is to advocate the compassionate treatment of animals; educate the community on responsible, lifelong pet ownership; and promote adoption as the best option when searching for a new pet.

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