New Vocations announced this week that a $30,000 grant has been awarded by the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) to aid the non-profit program in rehabilitating Thoroughbreds off the racetrack.
“The number one reason horses retire from the track is due to some type of injury,” shared Anna Ford, New Vocations Program Director. “We have found that most horses, if rehabilitated properly, are able to go on to a second career. Unfortunately, the rehabilitation process requires a lot of time and funding. Thankfully, through the ASPCA’s grant we will be able to provide our services to a number of horses that otherwise would be turned away.”
The grant funding from the ASPCA will enable New Vocations to take in an additional 30 injured Thoroughbreds over the next 12 months to rehabilitate, retrain, and rehome. The grant is provided as part of the ASPCA’s Million Dollar Rescuing Racers Initiative, which aids in the rescue and rehabilitation of retired racehorses. The Initiative, now in its third year, was established to provide retired racehorses with the chance of rehabilitation and help them transition into a new, positive life away from the track.
“Giving retired thoroughbreds enough time to heal from their career-ending injuries is a costly proposition and outside the reach of many rescues,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund.“The ASPCA Equine Fund is happy to help New Vocations provide this necessary respite.”
In 2011, New Vocations successfully rehabilitated an additional 40 injured Thoroughbreds with the help of a $40,000 grant provided through the ASPCA Million Dollar Rescuing Racers Initiative. Including the additional 40 Thoroughbreds funded by the Initiative, New Vocations placed a record 429 horses into carefully screened homes in 2011 and over 4,000 have passed through their doors since the organization’s inception in 1992.
New Vocations continues to lead the nation in racehorse adoptions. Starting with a single farm in Dayton, Ohio, the program has grown to have six facilities located in: Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Serving over 40 racetracks, New Vocations works directly with owners and trainers in need of an aftercare program for horses leaving the track. The program has a sound adoption system in place that is proven to move a large number of horses in a rather short period of time. Their sole mission is to provide non-competitive, often injured racehorses with a peaceful environment and skilled hands to assist in their development as pleasure mounts and therefore, a future. For more information visit their website at www.newvocations.org