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Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue, Inc., is a non-profit equine rescue dedicated to improving the lives of draft horses by saving them from situations which threaten their health and well-being, including neglect or abuse situations, slaughter broker lots or auctions where they may be sold to slaughter, and those whose owners can no longer provide for their needs.  Horses coming through our rescue are quarantined, medically evaluated and treated, receive farrier care, vaccinations, deworming and dental care, and are then evaluated for riding or driving ability to determine the appropriate match for their “forever” home when they are placed for adoption.  Fundraising and adoption fees only recoup a portion of our expenses, but without them we could not continue to save more horses.  Adoption fees are non-negotiable and non-refundable.Our goal is to find every horse a home where they will be loved and treated well for the rest of their lives, and to ensure that they are never again in dangerous, neglectful or abusive situations.  For this reason, we follow-up on these horses for the rest of their lives. We adopt them under a “lifetime free-lease” condition, which allows you to have the horse as your own, forever…but provides a “safety net” for the horse.  Since we retain ownership of the horse, if the horse is ever neglected, starved, abused, abandoned, or ends up at an auction, we have the legal power to take that horse back to safety.  Be assured we have no desire to take horses back from you into the rescue once they have wonderful loving homes…our goal is to find homes for horses so we can rescue others…this is strictly for extenuating circumstances where the horse is in danger or winds up in the wrong hands.We require annual follow-up which includes documentation of basic veterinary care (vaccinations to include EWT, West Nile and Rabies), dental exam and/or floating of teeth, farrier care, and parasite control as recommended by your vet. We will need current photographs of the horse on an annual basis, and have the right to visit your farm to see your adopted horse (though we hope you will keep in touch more often, as we become quite fond of our rescues in the short time they spend with us).  We will need to be notified if the physical location of where the horse lives ever changes.  If you decide you don’t want or can’t keep the horse anymore, we have the right to take the horse back or to approve a new owner you may find yourself, and a new contract must be signed before the horse is transferred.  A vet must be called for any illness or serious injury, and if the necessary treatment cannot be provided for financial reasons, the horse must be returned to the rescue. We prohibit our rescue horses from ever being used for breeding purposes. You may always return your adopted horse to the rescue at any time, for any reason, no questions asked.
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, and reside no more than a 4-hour drive away from East Hampton, CT 06424. We require both veterinary and personal references. We perform farm inspections to ensure that you provide a safe, hazard-free environment, with adequate shelter and free access to water (potable water other than a pond or stream).  We will not approve premises with inadequate or unsafe fencing, including smooth electric wire (unless it is secondary as a toprail protector) or barbed wire.  A non-refundable application fee of $15 is required to cover our time and effort; this fee will be applied towards an adoption fee on your chosen horse. If we do not have a horse that meets your needs at this time, we encourage pre-approval with a description of the horse you are seeking, as we often know of other horses in need that we can match you with or we can seek out an appropriate horse once you are approved. 

Who We Are

Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit draft horse rescue led by Dr. Stacey Golub, an equine veterinarian based in CT. Our team of rescuers also includes veterinary assistants, experienced horse people, trainers and farriers. We bail drafts out of slaughter broker lots, help place owner surrenders, and make trips to the auction to bid against slaughter buyers. Being run by a veterinarian allows us to provide medical and surgical care for special needs horses with less concern for expenses, and they receive the best of care under direct vet supervision. Once horses are vetted, quarantined, rehabbed, and evaluated for training, they are rehomed to local experienced horse people with a strict contract for their lifelong protection. We have been rescuing drafts with funds from our own pockets since 2010, and recently incorporated to be able to fundraise and recruit others. 

Donations are always gratefully accepted. The costs of rehabilitating and rehoming horses only begin with the auction or broker price; the feed, medical, farrier bills and more create an ongoing need. Donations are tax-deductible due to our IRS 501(c)3 status, but please be assured we have excellent references and a track record of providing top-notch care for the good of our horses.  Paypal donations may be sent to ctdraftrescue@aol.com.  Please contact us if you would like to donate goods or services.

IRS Employer ID #35-2401003
CT Public Charity Registration #CHR.0055300

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