Special match of donations for Retirement Foundation
December 01, 2019
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There are 377 trotters and pacers in need of homes under the expense and care of the Standardbred Retirement Foundation, (SRF). These horses have earnings of over $10,000,000. but not for them.
A generous donor, one whose life has been touched by these horses, like so many others, has just learned that racehorses don't retire to a good life without someone making that happen. That leaves nearly every one of these animals at risk. She asks for the generosity of others to join her to make a difference. On #GivingTuesday this anonymous donor will match every dollar donated up to $12,500, giving $25,000 to these horses that she, you and so many others have given so much to. Here are the names of the 377 trotters and pacers under SRF's expense and care today: AdoptaHorse.org
On #GivingTuesday, December 3rd, the cost to feed these horses in need of a home, for just that one day, is more than $3,500. Here are a few other reasons to give back:
- SRF remains the guardian for each horse for life; your dollar doesn’t just help today and leave a horse at risk in the future;
- Eighty-six cents of every dollar is spent on the care of the horses;
- Because many of the trotters and pacers that were cheered on at the finish line from the late 1990s, if not already over the rainbow bridge, are showing up in kill pens in need of our help and yours;
- Even when an injured or sick horse is in great pain, giving them peace through humane euthanasia is very costly, approximately $500, for the veterinarian and the renderer;
- Ninety-six percent of SRF's help comes from private donations; four percent of the funds to help these horses comes from racing organizations.
- Tomorrow morning and the days that follow, SRF must find a way to fill the grain buckets, and stock the hay racks for each of the 377 trotters and pacers;
How SRF is different from every other organization:
1. It never relinquishes ownership so every horse remains safe in the event
an adopter falls on hard times, or has a lifestyle change;
2. No other Standardbred exclusive organization manages and cares for this large
number of horses, or remains the guardian for each horse for life;
3. SRF requires semi-annual veterinary follow-up reports for as long as a horse lives;
4. SRF exclusively helps Standardbreds;
5. SRF has 377 trotters and pacers under its expense and guardianship today, 200
continue to be passed over for adoption due to age and injuries.