What We Do
The EQUUS Foundation is the only national charity in the United States 100% dedicated to ensuring the welfare of America's horses and fostering the horse-human bond. Our mission is to protect America's horses and strengthen the bond between horses and people.
At the core of our mission is safeguarding the comfort and dignity of America's horses throughout their lives and sharing their ability to empower, teach and heal with as many people as possible.
We focus on our efforts on:
• EMPOWERING equine charities to operate at the highest standards for horse care
and service and be fully transparent by providing them with financial support, recognition;
guidance, and resources;
• INSPIRING horse lovers to become horse protectors by stimulating advocacy and volunteerism;
• EDUCATING the public on the value of horses in our lives by sharing stories of their amazing
achievements and contributions.
Informed Giving ->Donating With Confidence
With the advent of the internet and social media, it's more important now than ever before to ensure that equine charities are fully transparent and operating at the highest standards for horse care and service.
We help strengthen equine organizations that provide:
• Protection, rehabilitation, retraining and re-homing of America's at-risk and transitioning
horses with careers as athletes, companions, teachers, and especially healers;
• Opportunities for horses to elevate the lives of people with and without special needs
through Equine Assisted Services (EAS);
• Retirement for aged horses that ensure that horses are able to live out their
lives in comfort and receive a peaceful and humane end of life.
Equine charities seeking financial support from the EQUUS Foundation undergo a comprehensive and unique verification process to ensure donor confidence in the charities selected to receive financial support each year.
There are over 1,000 equine charities participating on our Equine Welfare Network. If your favorite charity is not participating, encourage them to join the Equine Welfare Network here
and take the next step to be an EQUUS Foundation Guardian
Only those organizations designated as EQUUS Foundation Guardians are eligible to receive financial support from the EQUUS Foundation and are afforded a DONATE button on their Equine Welfare Network profile so that donors may make a donation directly to a Guardian charity. Guardians receive 100% of the donations; the EQUUS Foundation covers all transaction fees.
Participating as a Guardian not only offers the potential for receiving financial support, it also provides critical data to safeguard America's horses now and in the future.
Only 20% of our Equine Welfare Network charities have received the EQUUS Foundation Guardian designation. We know there are
many organizations doing fabulous work and look forward to their becoming a part of the EQUUS Foundation family.