Demographics of Equine Donation and Adoption Examined

The USDA recently funded a study to determine who is relinquishing horses to rescues and who is adopting them.

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Horse rescues and adoption facilities typically deal with two groups of people: those who are there to adopt a horse and those there to relinquish a horse. While each situation has its own set of circumstances, the USDA recently funded a study to determine just who is relinquishing the animals and who is adopting them.

Kathryn Holcomb, a PhD candidate at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, led the study with the goal of characterizing and identifying the demographics of owners who relinquish to and owners who adopt horses from nonprofit rescue organizations throughout the United States.

The nationwide survey of 144 nonprofit equine rescue and sanctuary groups yielded data on 280 horses relinquished to their organizations from 2006 to 2009. Of the 225 horses deemed available for adoption, just 73 had been placed in new homes at the time of the survey

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Casie Bazay is a freelance and young adult writer, as well as a certified equine acupressure practitioner. She also hosts a blog, The Naturally Healthy Horse. Once an avid barrel racer, she now enjoys giving back to the horses who have given her so much.

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