Kentucky Equine Humane Center Celebrates First Year

More than 168 horses in Kentucky have been provided with shelter and other humane assistance during the Kentucky Equine Humane Center's first year of operation.

The Kentucky Equine Humane Center (KyEHC) was established to provide owners with a humane option when they need to give up their horses. The center is located on a 72-acre farm just outside of Lexington, Ky. The farm serves as a safe refuge for at-risk horses of all breeds and disciplines.

The KyEHC celebrated its one-year anniversary this month.

"The horse industry in Kentucky is waking up to the need to protect our valued equine and is stepping up to meet their responsibility," said Staci Hancock, president and founder of the KyEHC. "With their help, I'm very proud to say that in less than one year's time, the Kentucky Equine Humane Center has eliminated the excuse for anyone in the state of Kentucky to neglect a horse or send a horse to slaughter. Any owner who can no longer care for his horses can call us and be ensured that their animals will receive humane treatment."

In less than one year, the KyEHC has:

  • Fulfilled its mission of accepting every horse that has needed shelter (more than 168 to date);
  • Adopted 83 horses into caring homes;
  • Leased a 72-acre farm;
  • Hired three salaried employees;
  • Organized volunteers who have donated more than 4,200 hours;
  • Developed corporate partners who have provided services, equipment, and supplies;
  • Developed a Web site;
  • Launched the John Deere and NTRA Advantage KyEHC All Breed Charity Horse Show; and
  • Received more than $100,000 in grants.
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