Resource Toolkit

Resource Toolkit for Rescues and Sanctuaries

 “We are confident that our list of tools and resources for equine rescuers is the most comprehensive of its kind.”

Existing Tools

Adoption Listings:

A Home for Every Horse
Rescue Me!
Retired Racehorse Project

Animal Management and Equine Business Software:

Animal Shelter Manager
Animal Shelter Net

ARK Software
Equine Genie (horse business management software)
Jockey Club Horse Farm Management System
Paddock Pro

Stable Secretary (business and health records)
Shelter Buddy

Crowd Funding: provides an analysis of crowdfunding sites.  In addition this Outcollaborate Blog gives a good review of best sites by niche.  Included in this list are the platforms that are better suited to nonprofit use and those that do not require all-or-nothing campaigns.

Classy (only for nonprofits)
Go Fund Me
Go Get Funding

Education and Outreach Tools:

Alison (education site with free business, personal development, and technology courses)

Books on care, training, etc.

Charitable Registries:

Charity Navigator


Email marketing software – Capterra provides an extensive list and comparison of dozens of email marketing software products. These are three of the most popular products with a range of pricing including Mail Chimp with a start-up plan free for up to 2,000 subscribers:
Constant Contact
Mail Chimp

Horse Expos:

HorseChannel provides an extensive equine events calendar that lists all of the major horse expos, festivals and shows

Media – Use this Media Search Page to find media outlets

Online Publications with Educational Archives:

Natural Horse

Retired Racehorse Project Resource Directory

Social Media Platforms – most have specific sites or programs geared to nonprofits:

Facebook for nonprofits 
GCF LearnFree tutorials on all of the major social media channels
Google for Nonprofits
Linkedin for Nonprofits
Social Media Examiner
Twitter Nonprofits
YouTube Nonprofit Program (extensive digital library of learning resources)

Webinars – The following websites provide hundreds of free webinars relevant to nonprofits:

Animal Sheltering
Charity How To
Digital Learn (extensive list of computer tutorials)
Homes for Horses Coalition
Network for Good
Nonprofit Hub
Nonprofit Tech for Good

The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s Learning Center

Professional Development Training for equine rescues and sanctuaries:

The Homes for Horses Coalition Webinar Series

Technology Training/en-
Microsoft Digital Literacy 
Nonprofit Tech Academy

Fundraising/Donor and Asset Management Software:

EveryAction (Change marketing and fundraising CRM)
FileMaker Pro (Contact and asset management)
Frontstream GiftWorks
Network for Good
Salesforce database
Software4Nonprofits (bookkeeping/donor management)
Sumac (nonprofit managegment)

Existing Resources:

Accrediting Organizations:

American Sanctuary Association
Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance


ASPCA Advocacy Center
ASPCA Horse Action team
Animal Legal Defense Fund
AWI Horse Slaughter Prevention
Compassion Index
Faunalytics (Formerly Humane Research Council)
Humane Society Legislative Fund Humane Scorecard
HSUS Horse Slaughter Tool Kit
HSUS Horse Soring Tool Kit
The Library of Congress (online info. about current and past legislation, U.S. Code, legislative calendars and congressional floor schedules)
State Horse Councils

Cruelty/Neglect contact your local government to see who covers abuse in your community.

Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium
Local Law Enforcement Agencies
Michigan Animal Law Center
National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA)
National District Attorneys Association

National Sheriffs Association (NSA)
State Laws, Codes & Statutes
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (enforces the Animal Welfare Act)

Grants and Other Sources of Funding:

AAEP Foundation:
After the Finish Line (Thoroughbreds):
Albert Schweitzer Animal Welfare Fund:
AHIMSA Foundation (no website)
Amazon Smile:
American Horse Rescue Network:
American Humane Association:
Animal Assistance Foundation (CO):
Animal Disaster Funding:
ASPCA Equine Fund:
Bernice Barbour Foundation:
Best Friends (limited grants on a case by case basis): Jen Reid
Binky Foundation:
Brennan Equine Welfare Fund:
Build-A-Bear Foundation:
CARMA (CA-Thoroughbreds):
Combined Federal Campaign:
Corporation for National & Community Service:
The Dietrich W. Botsiber Foundation (Wildlife Fertility Control):
The Doris Day Animal Foundation:
Emily Vernon Foundation (no website)
Equus Foundation:
Horse Aid Live:
Ian Somerhalder Foundation:
Kenneth Scott Charitable Trust:
Laura J. Niles Foundation, Inc.
Local Community Foundations (specific to locale)
Minnesota Horse Council:
National Anti-Vivasection Society:
One Horse At a Time (Grants currently suspended due to lack of funds):
Park Foundation:
Petco Foundation:
Petfinder Foundation Disaster Grants:
PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief:
The Harmony Equine Welfare Fund (limited assistance in CO and AZ)
The Summerlee Foundation:
Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance:
Thoroughbred Charities of America:
USA Equestrian Trust:
USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program:
US Trotting Association’s Support Our Standardbred’s Program:
Voluntary State Income Tax donation programs for horse rescues (CO, NM)
William and Charlotte Parks Foundation for Animal Welfare and Protection:

Other Grant Information/Resources:

Animal Grantmakers:
The Foundation Center (grant search and education):
GrantStation (grant search and education):
The Grantsmanship Center (map tool to find funding by geographic area):


American Equine Insurance Group:
Best Friends Animal Rescue Insurance Guide:
Fry’s Equine Insurance:
Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group:
The Equestrian Group-Brent Allen:
USRider (roadside assistance):

Local Networking and Outreach:

American Association of Fundraising Professionals Local chapters
Chamber of Commerce
Local Networking Groups
State and Local Non-Profit Associations


Cooperative Extension programs (ex. North Carolina Regional Equine Information Network System (REIN))
Equine Lameness Prevention Organization:
Smartphone Apps for Horses:
10 cool apps:
Body condition scoring apps:

National Animal Welfare Organizations:

American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP):
American Humane Association:
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA):
Best Friends Animal Society:
The Homes for Horses Coalition:
The Unwanted Horse Coalition:

National Equine Therapies Certifications/Accreditations:

American Hippotherapy Association:
Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EGALA):
Pet Partners (nonprofit registering handlers of multiple species as volunteer teams providing Animal-Assisted Interactions):
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.):

Nonprofit Management/Marketing/Fundraising Assistance:

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals):
Asking Matters (fundraising training):
Blue Avocado: blueavocado.orgBoardSource:

Charity Village:
Foundation Center:
Network for Good:
Nonprofit Technology Network:
Nonprofit Toolkit:
Service Corps of Retired Executives (S.C.O.R.E.):
Small Business Administration:
The Chronicle of Philanthropy:
The Nonprofit Times:
Volunteer Match Learning Center:

Product Donations and Discounts:

4imprint one by one promotional product grants
Craigslist Free Section
Dover Saddlery blanket donation program and In Kind donations: :
Feed Stores that discount or provide broken bags of feed to rescues
Jeffers Equine Wholesale Purchasing:
Kroger Cares:
National Cristina Foundation (used computer and other electronic hardware donations):
Purina Distributorship – discount pricing for ordering in bulk: Call 800-227-8941 and ask to speak to a representative for wholesale distribution licensing.
Realtors & Property Managers liquidating items left behind on rural property.
Saratoga Horseworks:
State Line Tack Donation Program:
TechSoup (tech products, services and learning resources):

Safety Net Assistance including Vaccination/Gelding/Euthanasia:

AAEP (with Merck Animal Health) Vaccination and low cost euthanasia assistance programs:
After the Finish Line (Assistance to organizations that rescue Thoroughbreds):
ASPCA safety net support:
Best Friends Animal Society: email
Equine Protection Fund (NM)
Front Range Equine Rescue (gelding and ET assistance):
Hay Banks – the following hay banks offer assistance to qualified rescues as well as individuals:
Minnesota Hay Bank:
Michigan Hay Bank:
Oregon Hay Bank:
Heart of a Horse Foundation:
National Equine Resource Network (Gelding):
One Horse At a Time:
Red Rover (up to $2,000/year for hay):
S. Trotting Association Standardbred Safety Net:
Unwanted Horse Coalition (Gelding assistance):
Veterinary Colleges – You can find a list of all accredited veterinary colleges on the AVMA website:

Training Assistance:

Anna Twinney:
ASPCA Equine Fund training grants:
John Lyons Rescue Horse Program:
Parelli Foundation:
Retired Racehorse Project:
The HSUS Forever Foundation:
Trainer Challenges:
Colt Starting Challenge USA:
Equine Comeback Challenge:

Transportation Assistance:

Equine Rescue Network:
Fleet of Angels:
Whorley’s Hauling (offer discounts to rescues):


Asana (free team management software):
Energize (Volunteer Management Resources):
Help Exchange:
Idealist (volunteers and volunteer management resources):
Linkedin for Nonprofits:
Taproot (Pro Bono services matching site):
Volunteer Match:
Volgistics (Volunteer management software):
Work Away: