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Horse Adoption, Welfare, and Charities

Nominations Open for the ASPCA’s Right Horse Initiative’s Good People for Good Horses Awards

The ASPCA’s Right Horse Initiative strongly believes that great work deserves to be celebrated. From the veterinarians, farriers, volunteers, and trainers to the incredible storytellers who help spread the word about equine adoption, it takes a network of support to help each horse find a wonderful home. The ASPCA’s third annual Good People for Good Horses Awards will recognize these hardworking members of the equine community who dedicate their time and talents to helping horses in transition. Nominations for the Good People for Good Horses Awards are currently being accepted.

“The ASPCA Good People for Good Horses Awards is a welcome opportunity to acknowledge those working tirelessly to care for at-risk horses and help them find loving homes,” said Dr. Emily Weiss, vice president of ASPCA Equine Welfare. “We look forward to honoring the unwavering dedication of these individuals across the country who continue to step up for horses in transition.”

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (ASPCA) Right Horse Initiative invites all equine-welfare advocates and members of the horse community to nominate one or more U.S.-based individuals or organizations in the following six categories for a Good People for Good Horses Award:

◆ Veterinarian or Veterinary Technician (a total of three awards will be given in the Veterinarian/Veterinary Technician category based on geographical location in Western, Central and Eastern regions of the United States.)
◆ Trainer
◆ Volunteer
◆ Farrier
◆ Community Partner (such as a riding club, event center, boarding barn, etc.)
◆ Wild Card (anyone else—such as a member of the media, photographer, advocate, social media influencer, fundraiser, or staff member)

Awards will be given based upon the nominee’s contributions to equine adoption efforts and the success and impact of the organization they serve. A committee of reviewers from the ASPCA’s Right Horse Initiative will review submissions and recommend winners based on subjective criteria. The ASPCA’s Right Horse Initiative will be awarding the honor and a custom belt buckle to eight individuals across the six categories. Nominations are due no later than November 8, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. E.T with winners announced the week of December 13, 2021. Learn more and submit your nominations for the Good People for Good Horses Awards at

About The Right Horse Initiative

The Right Horse Initiative, a program of the ASPCA, is a collective of industry professionals and equine welfare advocates working together to improve the lives of horses in transition through a dialogue of kindness and respect. Through collaboration with over 100 industry and adoption partners, The Right Horse is able to innovate new and better adoption standards and practices. Together, the goal is to shatter the stigma and reframe the conversation around equine adoption in order to massively increase horse adoption in the United States.

About the ASPCA

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA was the first animal welfare organization to be established in North America and today serves as the nation’s leading voice for vulnerable and victimized animals. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and farm animals throughout the United States. The ASPCA assists animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty interventions, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and the advancement of the sheltering and veterinary community through research, training, and resources. For more information, visit

Further Reading

Winners of The Right Horse Initiative’s Good People for Good Horses Awards Announced

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