Horse Rescues in Canada 

BY Charlotte Uhrich

Before You Donate or Adopt

There are many horse rescues listed all over the internet. Rescues can pop up in all places, asking you to send them donations to fund their rescues. BUT, are they for real? The best way to learn whether an equine rescue is a legitimate rescue is to visit the facility and see for yourself. If that is not possible, talk to the owners and ask questions. Ask them if they have non-profit status. Ask for references from people who have adopted horses. Ask to talk to the rescue’s veterinarian. Veterinary records are usually considered confidential information but the owner of a reputable equine rescue should not object to giving the veterinarian permission to talk to a potential donor. Ask to talk to the farrier. Find out who the neighbors are and talk to them. Talk to the local humane society. Look for red flags. Yes, we want to support horse rescues, but we only want to support the ones who are reputable. 

British Columbia

Circle F Horse Rescue Society

Circle F Horse Rescue Society is a registered, charitable organization established in 1997. Our mandate is to operate an effective, exemplary horse rescue and adoption.

Abbotsford, BC.

778-858-7301 or 604-820-0211

Greener Pastures BC Standardbred Horse Adoption Society

Registered as a non-profit charitable organization in 2003. Horses are donated by racing owners who wish to have them placed in careing recreational homes.

Aldergrove, BC.


J&M Acres Horse Rescue

J&M Acres Horse Rescue is a "half-way house"; a place for horses to start their transition from the slaughter pipeline to a new life. 

Maple Ridge, BC (Need email and phone #)

Mossienda Mares

Mossienda Mares is a PMU horse rescue and adoption facility. We have taken in retired mares as well as weanlings from operating PMU farms and we continue to do so. Our young horses are all up for adoption to good homes for very reasonable fees. They have all been handled daily and are ready to move on to further training. Our goal is to send the horses out to have good productive, safe lives.

Lone Butte, BC

Contact Mossienda Mares at:

New Stride Thoroughbred Adoption Society

New Stride is a registered charity dedicated to finding adoptive homes and alternative careers for Thoroughbred racehorses no longer able to compete.

Abbotsford, BC.


Outback Jacks Horse Rescue

Their mission is to bring horses in need to the ranch, rehabilitate them, and then place them into new and nurturing homes.

Princeton, BC

250-295-0775 or 250-295-1755

Pipsqueak Paddocks Miniature Horse Haven Society

Pipsqueak Paddocks Miniature Horse Haven is an SPCA approved rehabilitation and rehoming centre for Miniature Horses.

Chilliwack, BC.

604-316-5060 or 604-819-7762


Bear Valley Rescue

Bear Valley Rescue is located in Sundre, Alberta. They are dedicated to taking in neglected and abused horses, and where possible, rehome them. Bear Valley Rescue is honoured to be the FIRST Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries verified equine sanctuary in Canada!  
Mike and Kathy Bartley

Sundre, AB



Dare To Dream Horse Rescue
Working to save young horses from being slaughtered.  Most of the horses featured on our website have been saved from this fate.  We make sure they are healthy and then decide whether they will stay at the rescue to become part of our youth program, or sold to approved loving homes.

Brenda and Henry Fehr
Dalemead, AB



There are currently no horse rescues operating in Saskatchewan


Southwinds Horse Rescue

Our mission at Southwinds Horse Rescue Inc. is to rescue and care for: abused, neglected and abandoned equine by providing them with proper nourishment, veterinary care, retraining, love and other healing as required. When horses are ready for adoption, they will only be placed in a carefully screened, loving forever home. When adoption is not an option we will provide long-term home for horses.

Oakville, MB



Whispering Hearts Horse Rescue

  • Provide care and rehabilitation to abused and neglected horses;

  • Assist members of the community that can no longer care for their horses;

  • Prevent innocent animals from being subjected to auctions and slaughter.

Brenda Thompson

Hagersville, ONT


Freedom Valley Horses

Our goal is to save and find homes for as many horses as we possibly can, and work on training those who need it so that they won't end up in that position again.

Christine Markle-Welch

Umemme, ONT



Heaven Can Wait Equine Rescue
Heaven Can Wait Equine Rescue is located in Cameron, Ontario, Canada - approx 2 hours NE of Toronto, just 10 minutes North of Lindsay. This Equine Rescue was started by Claire Malcolm in 1997 to help save horses and ponies from slaughter, and take in any unwanted horse or pony and find them a new, loving home.
Claire Malcolm 
95 Cameron Road 
Cameron, Ontario K0M 1G0 
705-359-3766 Or 905-439-7664​


Last Chance Horse and Pony Rescue

Our main mission is to educate our community about these amazing animals in the hope that this teaching will one day end the need for horse rescues. We also aim to give horses and ponies a safe and happy home where they can recover from injury and neglect and learn to trust people again, and insure that they never have go through the same hardhships again.

Crystal Beach, ONT

Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society

The Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (OSAS) is an approved charitable organization, founded in 1996 to assist in the adoption and relocation of retired and non-racing Standardbred horses within Ontario.

Moffat, ONT


Refuge RR

Refuge RR for Horses is a registered, charitable organization which rescues, rehabilitates and provides permanent homes for abused, neglected and/or abandoned horses, cattles, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs, cats, rodents and domestic birds. 

Alexandria ONT


A Horse Tale Rescue
Mission: With approximately 100 dedicated members and volunteers we have established an organization that is trying to make a difference. We rescue, re-home and provide a loving and caring “forever-home” for those we can save. Through hard work and perseverance we are glad to say that we became a fully Registered Canadian charity (#83218 8387 RR0001) in January 2015.We will continue to save as many horses as we can and provide them with the quality of life that they deserve while using the community that surrounds us.
27 Chemin Murphy, Vaudreuil-Dorion
Hudson, Quebec

New Brunswick

Morning Star Acres - East Coast Canada
Morning Star Acres is a family oriented farm located in New Brunswick, Canada.We are registered not for profit organisation (811810977NP0001) with the focus of helping Standardbred find homes and rescuing horses in need.

We provide many services including , but not limited to Rehabilitation , Retraining ,Relocation and  so much more. Also working  closely with troubled youth and families in need of assitance or alternative to giving troubled youth a chance to look forward to some positive.

Montcon, NB

Nova Scotia

Integrity's Haven Equine (Animal) Rescue Centre
IHERC is a non-profit farm located in Chester Basin, Nova Scotia, Canada. IHERC concentrates its time on helping the sick, the old and unwanted.

275 HWY 12, RR#3
Chester Basin, NS B0J 1K0
902-471-6121 Or 902-719-8604

Prince Edward Island

Sadie's Place

Mission is promote kindness and compassion for all living things by providing programs and services where people can connect with animals and nature in a fun, heartfelt way. In addition to horses, Storybook is home to lamas, donkeys, cows, goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits and more.  Together Sadie’s and Storybook work to rescue animals and advocate on their behalf.
Sadie’s Place is located at Storybook Stables in Brookfield, Prince Edward Island. 
902-621-2029 or