“Adopt a Horse Month supports equine rescue groups across the country working tirelessly to find safe, loving homes for the horses in their care,” said ASPCA president and CEO Matt Bershadker. “We also hope to raise public enthusiasm and commitments to horse adoption to the high levels we traditionally see in dog and cat adoption, so we encourage the public to not only adopt horses but use this opportunity to raise awareness of equine adoption with their friends, family, neighbors, and social media followers.”
In addition to highlighting adoptable horses on MyRightHorse.org–the ASPCA’s online adoption platform specifically for equines—the organization will share resources for adopters across disciplines, at all skill levels, and throughout each phase of their adoption journey.
“We are thrilled to launch the first-ever Adopt a Horse Month, which will give thousands of at-risk horses new opportunities to transition to safe homes thanks to the drive, compassion, and creativity of equine rescue groups across the country,” said Emily Weiss, PhD, vice president of ASPCA Equine Welfare. “According to our research, there are 2.3 million potential equine adopters in the U.S., and we are committed to helping shelters and rescues connect with those adopters to help them find their right horse.”
The ASPCA expanded its equine welfare efforts in November 2019 by welcoming The Right Horse Initiative, a program focused on massively increasing the number of successful horse adoptions in the U.S. and improving the number of positive outcomes for horses in transition as they move from one home, career, or owner to the next.
For more information about Adopt a Horse Month, visit ASPCA.org/AdoptaHorseMonth. Those unable to adopt can find plenty of ways to support horses in transition by helping connect the right horse to the right person. The ASPCA is asking all animal lovers across the country to share adoptable equines on their social media channels using the hashtags #AdoptaHorse and #RightHorse.