Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue Receives ASPCA Grant

by | 03.18.2014 | 10:06am

Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue (SCTR) has received twice the number of adoption applications to date in 2014 for the rescued thoroughbred horses in its care than it has during the same period ever in its six year history. Increased adoptions, by freeing space and financial resources to care for additional animals, means the organization can rescue more horses from slaughter. SCTR President Caroline Betts attributes much of the increase in adoption demand to grant funds supplied by the ASPCA to support re-training of the ex-racehorses that the organization rescues to prevent them from being slaughtered for human consumption.

“We are grateful and honored to have been awarded the grant funds of $10,000 in 2012-13 and again in 2013-14 from the ASPCA Equine Fund, funds which have been dedicated to a greatly expanded re-training program of our rescued horses,” Betts stated. “Thoroughbreds that we rescue from slaughter often have injuries which limit their athletic potential for competitive sports, and little or no formal training beyond their racetrack and breeding industry experience – a factor which deters recreational horse owners from adoption and can result in unsuccessful adoptions,” Betts explained. “Expanded re-training for pleasure and light sporting activities supported by the ASPCA makes our horses more attractive to a wide, “pleasure” riding audience and increases the chance of a successful, permanent match of horse and adopter.”

“The ASPCA Equine Fund awards life-saving grants and resources to nonprofit equine welfare organizations across the country,” said Jacque Schultz, executive director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “We are pleased to award the Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue this grant to assist with the care of these retired racehorses to ensure that they go on to lead happy, healthy lives after their careers end and avoid the devastating fate of so many horses that are sent to slaughter.”

SCTR rescues thoroughbred horses, bred and raised for racing, from auctions and holding lots and rehabilitates, re-trains and adopts out the horses to qualified, loving homes. Auctions and holding lots in California are conduits through which illicit trafficking in horses to slaughter for human consumption takes place despite a 1998 state law making the purchase, sale, transfer and export of horses for slaughter a crime, necessitating a state resolution to support a federal ban:

For more information on the ASPCA's work in fighting animal cruelty and the ASPCA Equine Fund, please visit To learn more about Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue, contact Caroline Betts (President) at [email protected] or visit

  • Karen Marchman

    Congratulations to Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue for receiving this wonderful grant which will help to continue the work they do in saving Thoroughbreds from going to slaughter. As an adopter of one of the horses they rescued, I can attest to the their thorough process of screening potential adopters, and requiring contracts to assure the safety and security of the horse for its lifetime. Re-training of these beautiful athletes increases the chances of a successful adoption. The care given to the horses after their rescue is excellent, as they often come out of these auctions and holding lots underweight and with varying injuries. Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue is the best!

  • Sandra Warren

    With all due respect to all of the other rescues with whom I’ve had dealings, SCTR is a model for what a horse rescue should be. Dr. Betts works very hard to keep SCTR on a sound footing while having some truly extraordinary success stories. Congratulations on a job well done. Anyone interested in an OTTB ought to check out their Facebook page, which regularly has beautiful “after” photos of their available horses turned out like they are ready for an equitation class.

    • MA

      I agree. There are many great rescue orgs, but this one seems the most down to earth and all about the horses, not the pats on the back.

  • PTP

    Caroline and the crew at SCTR are very special people. It’s great to see them get a few more dollars in to help re-home some lucky horses.


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