New Vocations Receives Grant for Thoroughbred Aftercare

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program announced this week that it has received a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to aid the nonprofit program in rehabilitating Thoroughbreds retiring from the racetrack.

“We are very grateful for the ASPCA’s grant as over half of the horses we receive are in need of rehabilitation prior to entering our retraining and rehoming program,” said Anna Ford, New Vocations program director. “Without grants and private donations we would not be able to provide the much needed aftercare services to the retired racehorses entering our doors every week.”

The grant from the ASPCA will enable New Vocations to rehabilitate an additional 25 injured Thoroughbreds over the next 12 months. The grant is provided as part of the ASPCA’s Million Dollar Rescuing Racers Initiative, which aids in the rescue and rehabilitation of retired racehorses. The initiative, now in its fifth year, was established to provide retired racehorses with the chance of rehabilitation and help them transition into a new life away from the track.

In 2013, New Vocations successfully rehabilitated an additional 15 injured Thoroughbreds with the help of last year’s grant provided through the ASPCA Million Dollar Rescuing Racers Initiative. Horses received, on average, 90 days of rehabilitation from previous track injuries. In addition to the 15 Thoroughbreds funded by the Initiative, New Vocations took in over 400 retired racehorses.

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