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Our Featured Washington, CT Partner:

H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut, Inc.

Pet adoption saves lives. Adopt a pet and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

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Primarily adopt to Connecticut, southwestern Massachusetts and Eastern New York; accept horses from almost anywhere on a case by case basis, depending on available room at the farm.

About Our Rescue Group:

H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitiation of abused or neglecte horses, has been helping horses and ponies in need for 27 years. We also maintain an ongoing commitment to educate the public regarding horse care.

We intervene on the behalf of suffering equines by providing relief, recovery, shelter and rehabilitation. Once a horse is physically and mentally rehabilitated, we then begin the process of seeking an adoptive home. All prospective adoptive homes are carefully screened. And, we require a contract which guarantees that the horse shall not be bred or sold. It is a lifetime commitment.

H.O.R.S.E. receives no town, state or federal funding. Monies are raised through memberships, sponsorships, charitable contributions and our own fund raising activities. And, all donations go directly to the horses.

We investigate all cruelty complaints (which are kept strictly confidential). If a problem exists, co-operation is first sought from the owner. Prosecution is pursued only when there is no other recourse. Horses placed in our custody are provided with immediate veterinary and farrier care. We then seek adoptive homes that meet with our standards.

In addition, we are available upon request, to speak to interested groups in order to raise public awareness to our purpose and support.

Come Meet our Pets:

If you would like to visit H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut, please call 860-868-1960 a day or two in advance of your intended visit so we can make sure someone is available to show you around. General tours are given most days at feeding time, but still please call so we know to expect someone.

HORSE of Connecticut also holds events throughout the year; please go to to check out our calendar; the calendar is updated periodically, so please check back every now and then.

To meet our horses in the meantime, check out

Our Adoption Process:

The adoption process at H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut starts with making an appointment for a tour of the farm to meet and learn about the horses available for adoption. If a person wants to adopt a horse, they must make a number of visits to work with their horse and build a relationship.

If the potential adopter is sure they want to adopt, they fill out an application and pay a $50 non-refundable fee. The adoption process begins, during which the potential adopter's references are checked, a visit is made to where the horse(s) will live, and the adopter continues to work with the horse.

If the adopter is approved, s/he pays a fee of between $600 and $2,000 depending on the health and age of the horse. Please note that part of the adoption contract includes an agreement not to show, breed or sell your adopted horse.

For full information on our adoption guidelines, please go to:

We also offers horse sponsorships for $50 per month for those who cannot or do not want to adopt, but would like to spend time with an individual horse. H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut is a busy place and staffed entirely by volunteers, so please be patient if it takes time for someone to return your call or e-mail.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

horses can make wonderful pets, and rather than buying a horse for sale or finding a horse breeder, adopting a horse from an animal shelter or rescue organization is the perfect way to add a horse to your family. Keep in mind, there is a lot you will need to know when you provide a home for a horse. You will need to learn what to feed them, how much exercise or attention your horse needs, and many other important things about how to house and care for a horse. There are different types of horses including Andalusian, Appaloosa, Appendix, Arabian, Belgian, Clydesdale, Curly Horse, Donkey/Mule/Burro/Hinny, Draft, Friesian, Gaited, Grade, Gypsy Vanner, Haflinger, Lipizzaner, Miniature, Missouri Foxtrotter, Morgan, Mustang, Norwegian Fjord, Paint/Pinto, Palomino, Paso Fino, Percheron, Peruvian Paso, Pony - Chincoteague, Pony - Connemara, Pony - Dales, Pony - Dartmoor, Pony - Fell, Pony - New Forest, Pony - of America, Pony - Other, Pony - Shetland, Pony - Welsh, Quarterhorse, Rocky Mountain, Saddlebred, Standardbred, Tennessee Walking Horse, Thoroughbred, Trakhener, and Warmblood.

Pet adoption saves lives. Adopt a pet and you'll have a friend for life! Please consider a rescue pet before you buy a pet from a breeder or pet store. Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.