Rescue Centres

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 gro.adanacsesrohdnefednull@ofni

To see Wild Horse Societies in Canada click here

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 

Critteraid – Project Equus
We are a society devoted to animal welfare.
Penticton, 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

Go and Play Stables
Dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, re-training and re-homing Standardbred horses into approved loving homes.  We’re also on Facebook and Twitter.
Kawartha Lakes, ON

Hilltop Haven
We are dedicated to making a difference to abused, neglected and misunderstood horses and ponies.
Little Britain, ON

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

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 
We feel we are indebted to these magnificent beings.
Alexandria, ON 

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