Participating Organizations

Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue

Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue, Inc. is a 501 (C) 3 non profit organization dedicated to saving horses bound for human consumption, with a concentration on Thoroughbreds.  We feel that OTTB's are often thrown away before given a second chance at a new career.  We do all we can to rescue, rehab and rehome as many horses as possible.  We also assist local authorities in cases of abuse, neglect and starvation.  Our motto is:  Whatever it takes!

Bright Futures Farm

Bright Futures Farm is a 501(c)(3) transitional facility for Thoroughbred horses that have left a career at the racetrack .  We rehab, ground school and re-school basic skills.  We evaluate soundness for a particular purpose, temperament, and re-introduce the horses into a herd environment.  We also strive for a good "fit" between the adopter and the horse - making one of our primary goals to place the horse in a new home only once.

The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses

CANTER. is a unique affiliation of 501(c)(3) organizations dedicated to helping retiring Thoroughbred racehorses find new lives after the finish line. Founded in 1997, CANTER has grown to encompass affiliates nationwide, with more “in the starting gate”. Find CANTER on the Web at:

Affiliate Members
New England
Mid Atlantic
N. Illinois
S. Illinois

The Exceller Fund

The Exceller Fund is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization of more than 100 racing fans and horse lovers who make a commitment to care for our horses who are making their transition off the racetrack.  The Exceller Fund was established to honor the memory of Exceller.  Our members are located all over the U.S.  and stay in touch through e-mail and our monthly electronic newsletters.  
At the beginning of every month, members send their donation to The Exceller Fund, Inc.. These monthly donations are used to care for our horses until they are adopted into a permanent home. The minimum donation per member is $15 per month. Any remaining money is put into a special rescue fund, which is used for purchasing new horses in need of a loving home or otherwise helping out a horse in need.

Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program

The Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program (FLTAP) is a joint effort on the part of management and horsemen to assist in the placement of former Finger Lakes racehorses with equine adoption agencies or approved private individuals, giving these horses a second chance at a productive life.

The Horse Protection League

Located in Golden, Colorado, the Horse Protection League (HPL) is dedicated to the rescue, care and protection of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules.  The HPL works closely with the State Veterinarian and Animal Control to rescue neglected, abused and abandoned equines.  HPL provides any necessary veterinary, farrier, dental and rehabilitative care, then strives to place these animals in loving homes.  The goal is to educate the community about equine abuse in a variety of ways.

Maker's Mark Secretariat Center

Located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY the MMSC specializes in re-schooling and adoption of top of the line, off the track Thoroughbreds for second competitive careers. It also serves as an educational center not only for horses but for those who are interested in the Thoroughbred breed. Anyone interested in Thoroughbred Aftercare is welcome to participate in the MMSC's educational outreach programs.

MidAtlantic Horse Rescue

MidAtlantic Horse Rescue buys healthy, young, sound Thoroughbreds out of the kill pen at the New Holland, PA livestock auction. After quarantine and careful evaluation, these horses are placed up for adoption as performance and pleasure horses. We do transfer ownership so safety and suitability are of the utmost importance. Potential adopters can ride the horses, have the horses evaluated by their trainers, and have the horse examined by a vet before adopting. Located on a tranquil farm in Chesapeake City, MD, MAHR is run by Beverly Strauss and Ginny Suarez, graduate A- and B- pony clubbers with extensive experience with racehorses, eventing, showing and dressage.

New Vocations
Racehorse Adoption Program

Stands in the gap for retiring Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds providing a safe-haven, rehabilitation, and socialization in preparation for a life beyond racing. Horses are evaluated for soundness, temperament, conformation, and movement prior to being offered to qualified individuals willing to continue their education in a new vocation. Adopting throughout the Eastern United States.


ReRun is an organization designed to give ex-racehorses a second chance at a productive life in new homes.  Only horses with a good chance of placement are accepted into the program; however, ReRun also attempts to help find homes for injured or uneven tempered horses without physically taking them into the program as well.


Second Call Thoroughbred Adoption and Placement Program Horses

Connecting horses and people - the right way!
From modest beginnings in 2012, we have already made significant horse/people connections. We know investing in a horse is a big commitment. No one benefits if a horse and rider are mismatched. So at Second Call, we prequalify every horse we accept into the program. We know the horse's history and what the future human partner can expect as to performance abilities.

Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation is the nation's oldest and largest horse rescue group. Founded in 1982, it routinely cares for more than 800 horses, some of whom are based at farms at correctional facilities, where inmates learn valuable horsemanship skills. The TRF has farms or satellite facilities in 16 states, stretching from Vermont to California. The TRF's horse population includes dozens of sound horses who are retrained for second careers and are suitable for adoption. Those not fit to be adopted out spend their lives getting what they deserve--loving care and a safe and humane retirement.