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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) announced that it is expanding its equine welfare efforts by welcoming The Right Horse Initiative as an official program of the ASPCA. The Initiative will remain focused on increasing the number of horse adoptions in the United States and improving positive outcomes for horses in transition as they move from one home, career or owner to the next.

In collaborat­ion with more than 60 industry and adoption partners, the Right Horse Initiative has launched innovative programmin­g focused on shattering the stigma surroundin­g horses in transition, who frequently end up at risk of inhumane treatment as they move between careers or owners.

“The Right Horse Initiative has been pivotal in bringing together leading voices from all corners of the equine community—an approach the ASPCA employs in our own equine welfare work—and together we will continue to improve the lives of countless horses through innovative adoption programs, training and increased public awareness,” said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA President and CEO.

ASPCA research suggests there could be at least 2.3 million adults in the U.S. with the resources and desire to adopt a horse in need. The ASPCA is committed to reaching these potential adopters through The Right Horse Initiative’s online adoption platform at www.myrighthor­ For more informatio­n about the ASPCA’s efforts to help horses, please visit

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