The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition encourages the adoption of horses from qualified rescue centres.

If you have an established equine rescue and would like to be included on our list, please contact the CHDC at  We will require references from your veterinarian and farrier.

If you have changed your web site or are no longer rescuing please advise us as soon as possible so that we may remove you from our list and keep it current.  Thanks!


Adena Springs Retirement Program
The first in-house retirement program within the thoroughbred racing industry, Adena Springs matches horses with loving owners who will make a lifelong commitment to their health and well being.
Aurora, ON

Bear Valley Rescue
We have found wonderful homes for many amazing horses.
Sundre, AB

Circle F Horse Rescue Society
We are a registered nonprofit, charitable organization that cares for horses that have been entrusted to us and, when ready, adopt them out to appropriate homes.
Abbotsford, BC

Earth ARC
Devoted to the rest, rehabilitation and retirement phases of life for all animals
Four Mile Brook, Pictou County, NS

Free Spirit Sanctuary
Providing sanctuary for domestic and wild horses, donkeys and mules, while advocating for justice, peace and freedom for all equines everywhere.
Cochrane, AB

Horseplay Sanctuary
People helping horses helping people
Coldwater, ON
As a group we are compelled to save as many horses as possible and give them the happy endings they deserve.
Waterdown, ON

New Horizons Equine Centre
Providing Second Careers for Off-The-Track Standardbreds
Wallaceburg, ON

New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society
New Stride’s goals are to ensure that each and every non-competitive and injured Thoroughbred racehorse gets a second chance and is placed into a caring adoptive home.
Surrey, BC

Old Friends Canada
Old Friends Canada is a non-profit organization horse rescue located in beautiful Lake Country, BC whose mission is to provide a safe place for unwanted, abandoned, abused, and retired horses, donkeys, and mules.
Lake Country, BC

Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society
Assisting in the adoption and relocation of retired and non-racing Standardbred horses within Ontario
Campbellville, ON

Penny Lane Farm Sanctuary
The primary activity of this organization is to provide sanctuary to horses, as well as other domestic/farm animals at risk of being sent to slaughter as well as those that have suffered abuse and neglect.
Ottawa, ON

Refuge RR for Horses
Refuge RR is giving back that which should never have been taken away, their freedom, and providing them with the protection that is owed to them.
Alexandria, ON 

Second Chance Cheekeye Ranch
Second Chance at Cheekye Ranch was established with one purpose in mind. To save horses in troubled situations as well as those bound for slaughter in North America. At Cheekye Ranch those horses will be rehabilitated and put through a quality training regimen that will provide them with the skills necessary to make them sought-after, longterm partners to their riders and owners.
Squamish, BC

Transitions Thoroughbreds
To provide an opportunity for as many Thoroughbreds as possible to have a chance at a second career once retired from racing and/or be allowed to retire with dignity and be protected for the remainder of their lives.
Find Transition Thoroughbreds on Facecbook
Ottawa, ON

The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada
Peace, freedom and protection
Guelph, ON

Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue
Our mandate is to provide care and rehabilitation to abused and neglected horses.
Hagersville, ON


Wild Horses of Alberta Society WHOAS
Wild Horses of Alberta Society’s mission is to ensure the provision of all aspects of the conservation and humane treatment of wild horses in Alberta.

Sable Island Green Horse Society
Partners in promoting stewardship of the natural and cultural heritage of Sable Island.

Friends of Nemaiah Valley
Studying the Brittany Triangle Wild Horses in British Columbia.


Jann Arden has created a campaign to help in the fight against the live draft horse shipments to Japan.  You can find more info at her web site.  Here you can order various products to show your support for the horses.

"Canada should be leading the world when it comes to animal welfare— and yet we drop the ball in so many ways. We ship thousands upon thousands of live horses for the overseas meat trade and grotesquely fail with their treatment. Often in tight cages of three or four - for days."

"This is an amazing, important organization... donate if you can. Even a toonie makes a difference."  


 The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition is committed to fulfilling its goals through peaceful and lawful means. Therefore this coalition will neither knowingly, or willfully, participate in, or condone, incite, or promote others to participate in unlawful or non-peaceful activities. Nor will it harass, encourage others to harass, or support those who do.

A Horse Meant to Disappear to Slaughter

A Horse Meant to Disappear to Slaughter

"Purple" is literally the face of a horse meant to disappear to slaughter. We call him Purple as a short form for "the horse with the purple vet wrap on his front leg" as that is how he was sold to the kill buyer. It kind of stuck.  My vet believes his tattoo was...

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Important Meeting with EU

Important Meeting with EU

This morning, March 8th, 2021, an important meeting was held with various groups involved in stopping the import to the EU of horse meat from countries where welfare and human health are concerning issues.   Worth noting is that there were representatives of the...

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A Bit of Good News

A Bit of Good News

March 2, 2021 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has released their 2020 Q4 Horse Trade Summary. There has been a significant decrease in the number of horses exported for slaughter, US horses imported for slaughter and horse meat exports. Compared to the same period...

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Please share this site with  friends who own horses but may not be aware of the horse slaughter industry in Canada, with friends who may be taking conjugated equine estrogens for menopause, with doctors who prescribe CEE drugs, and with any friends considering taking their horse to a sale barn or an auction.