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New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program gets grant from ASPCA to help rehab retired racehorses

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program has been awarded a grant from the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) through their Rescuing Racers Initiative.

New Vocations was one of nine equine adoption and rescue groups to receive a portion of $225,000 that was disseminated as part of the Initiative in 2018.
 
The grant will help New Vocations further its mission to rehab, retrain and rehome retiring Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses.

Many horses retiring from the racetrack have injuries that require time and rehabilitation before they can begin transitional training for a second career. The money awarded will support New Vocations’ goal of taking in additional injured horses and caring for them until they are ready to begin transitional training for placement into new homes.
 
“While their racing careers may have ended, these retirees still have much to offer,” said Dr. Emily Weiss, vice president of ASPCA Equine Welfare. “New Vocations has been a leader in transitioning and finding new homes for these horses. We are pleased to award them this grant through our ASPCA Rescuing Racers Initiative to help them continue this lifesaving work.”
 
“We are excited that the ASPCA sees the need and is willing to help New Vocations with our rehabilitation efforts,” said New Vocations Executive Director Dot Morgan. “Stressed and injured racehorses need time and educated hands to heal. However, time and veterinary care are costly. This wonderful grant from the ASPCA will allow New Vocations to give retiring racehorses the respite and care they need before they begin the next chapter of their lives.” 
 
For information on adopting a horse, donating a retired racehorse or supporting this important mission, visit the website.

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