To be frank, I have disliked Christmas for many moons (I blame working in retail, American materialism, and being broke if not desolate for many of them), but the one Golden Ticket about the holidays for me is giving back to those who are less fortunate. I am always about giving back to worthwhile racing-related charities, so please consider these great organizations I’ve either worked with or contributed toward this year:
- Transitions Thoroughbreds - Mindy Lovell is currently struggling to fundraise to feed her rescues for the long Canadian winter, and today I just stumbled across her story. I tossed a bit her way, but do help her out if you can; she’s on the frontlines of saving off-track Thoroughbreds from slaughter.
- CANTER USA: If it was not for CANTER, many newly off-track Thoroughbreds would not be here with us today. They are ones largely responsible for Suffolk Downs’ fantastic no-tolerance policy on selling racehorses from that track for slaughter, and they work tirelessly to promote these horses to new homes.
- Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue: Absolutely wonderful people who do great work retraining and rehoming racehorses, as well as serve as a forever home/museum for some of racing’s iconic athletes like Evening Attire and Stud Muffin.
- New Vocations - They take in retired racehorses and retrain them before adopting them out to incredible forever homes as one of the country’s most remarkable and successful facilities. And hey, for the month of December, all adoption fees are 50% OFF!
In the spirit of the holidays, GHR will be giving away a beautiful Horses and Hope calendar (the purchase of which also benefits horses!) to those who reblog/like this post. I’ll stop all giveaway entries at midnight EST on Saturday December 7, U.S. only for now.