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Links - Adoption Agencies & Societies


Greener Pastures, based in British Columbia, is a registered non-profit charitable organization. Established in 2003, the horses are donated by racing owners who wish to have them placed in caring, recreational homes. Greener Pastures is dedicated to changing the lives of horses, retraining them before finding loving homes for the racing retirees. They have managed to adopt out over 50 horses per year in their eleven years of operation.


Morningstar Acres is a family-oriented farm located in New Brunswick. A registered not for profit organisation, Morning Star's focus is helping Standardbred find homes and rescuing horses in need. Morning Star provides many services including, but not limited to Rehabilitation, Retraining, Relocation and so much more. The group also works closely with troubled youth and families in need of assistance or alternative to giving troubled youth a chance to look forward to some positive.


Performance Standardbreds was established in 1990 in Calgary, Alberta. Standardbred enthusiasts realized the potential these horses had as saddle horses. This organization promotes the breed in a new and positive light, recognizing and showcasing their incredible versatility. A placement program for horses retiring from the track was implemented in 1992, ensuring new careers. Horses are both purchased by and donated to the program, to assist in the transition from trackside life to suitable homes.


The Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (OSAS), founded in 1996, is an approved charitable organization. Designed to assist in the adoption and relocation of retired and non-racing Standardbred horses within Ontario, it is operated by the OSAS Board of Directors. OSAS is committed to finding a match made in heaven, comparing the desires and abilities of the adoptive family with the horse. They also have follow-ups with each horse after adoption to ensure success.


Galahad is an organization based in Quebec, devoted to the mission of helping Standardbreds in need. They provide a network of shelters for horses as a temporary or permanent refuge, reducing slaughter and euthanasia. Galahad works with horse owners who can no longer bear the costs for various reasons, as well as neglected or abandoned horses. Travelling throughout the province, the group promotes the safety and well-being of horses with educational activities, information and inspection.


Starting as the P.E.I. Equine Retirement Society in 1996, the registered charity Sadie’s Place was renamed in 2008 in honour of an equine resident. Sadie’s Place is focused on helping retired, unwanted or neglected horses in Atlantic Canada find new, loving homes. While the organization is an all-breed rescue, they are predominantly involved with Standardbreds. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, many horses have gone on to new careers in dressage, reining, jumping, pleasure and trail riding.


The Standardbred Retirement Foundation is a non-profit, tax exempt organization created to care for, rehabilitate, and secure lifetime adoption of non-competitive racehorses, to ensure their proper care with follow-up, and combine the needs of youth at risk with these horses in therapeutic equine programs to benefit both.

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