Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue (SCTR) is a 501(c)(3) breed specific horse rescue charity. We specialize in the rescue, rehabilitation, re-training, and re-homing of Thoroughbred ex-racehorses at highest risk for slaughter, neglect and abuse. We rescue Thoroughbreds of all ages and from a multitude of backgrounds. Our primary goal is to rescue horses at livestock and "low-end" auctions that are selling for the value of their meat.
We currently have thirty-one Thoroughbreds in our care, ranging in age from four years to twenty three years. The average price of our horses that sold at prestigious yearling sales as racing prospects, was in excess of $100,000. The average livestock auction price of our horses is approximately $185.
This website, and our Facebook Fan Page, are the main portals to our organization's work and to the stories of our horses. You can join our Fan Page on Facebook and receive postings, updates, auction alerts, auction reports and commentaries by "liking" us at Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue. We also have supporters through our 25,000+ member Facebook Cause Save Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses From Slaughter.
Please consider adopting a Thoroughbred today! The more good, permanent homes that we can find for our horses, the more horses we can help at auction. Or, please consider donating to help us support those horses in our care that await new adoptive homes. All cash donations are fully tax deductible.
Each year, approximately two thousand Thoroughbred racehorses leave California's racetracks at the conclusion of their
pari-mutuel racing careers. Many have sustained injuries that preclude further running or extensive athletic activity and
others that simply were too "slow" to race. Others leave Thoroughbred breeding, layup, and training farms when they, or
their offspring, are no longer commercially viable. In addition, some Thoroughbreds that initially find private homes following
their racing or breeding career are subsequently no longer useful to their owners, have owners whose circumstances change
or owners who no longer want them.
Some of these horses are donated by owners, breeders, and trainers to Thoroughbred retirement farms, adoption, transitioning,
and rescue facilities, and are fortunate enough to find good new homes or permanent sanctuary through these organizations.
Some are not so fortunate and may be sent to local livestock or "low end horse" auctions where they sell without reserve.
In southern California, as many as two hundred horses per month are sold through these auctions, of which between 10 and
20 percent are Thoroughbreds.
Some horses sold at auction find new homes with individuals, families, on ranches, and at riding schools and horse rental
facilities. Others are purchased by horse dealers, who in turn re-sell them into new homes. However, some horses purchased
by horse dealers are resold out of state for the purpose of slaughter for human consumption. It is through interstate commerce
by horse dealers that California racehorses are routinely found in slaughter pens, slaughter auctions, and feedlots outside the
state - and it is by this method that many former racehorses ultimately end up at foreign slaughterhouses in Canada and
Mexico. While it is illegal to slaughter horses in California and also illegal to buy or sell and export them from the state for
slaughter, little to no enforcement occurs.
It is these horses which have slipped through the cracks of the existing Thoroughbred retirement and transitioning machinery
in southern California: horses that fail to find an alternative "soft landing" when their commercial value in the racing and
breeding industry is exhausted, that SCTR seeks to help. We see our role as providing a safety net for horses that have no
alternative source of rescue from slaughter, or other abusive or neglectful situations - horses that have run out of options.
SCTR's mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, re-train and re-home Thoroughbred ex-racehorses at highest risk for slaughter,
neglect and abuse.
Careful Haste and Jackie. Careful Haste has been adopted!
SCTR directors, officers, and volunteers attend livestock auctions in Southern California at which many Thoroughbreds arriving
from racetacks, layup and training facilities, and breeding farms sell without reserve. SCTR monitors consignments of
Thoroughbreds, attempts to network them on Facebook and through local rescue organizations prior to and during the auction,
and - when resources permit - bids to acquire those a) most at risk for export to slaughter facilities in Canada and Mexico, and
b) in ill health due to injury, neglect, or abuse.
Following our acquisition of a Thoroughbred at auction, we transport the horse to a quarantine/rehab facility, which is served by
a family owned three acre private ranch in Norco, California. At any time, as many as eleven thoroughbreds may be housed
here. Each horse rescued must undergo a 30-day minimum period of quarantine, since its vaccination history is unknown, its
immune system depressed by the anxiety associated with auction and holding lots, and it has been exposed to other, potentially
sick, horses whose vaccination histories are also unknown.
Please note that we are not able to accept "owner surrenders" of Thoroughbreds at this time, either from the race-track or from
private homes, nor are we able to take in non-Thoroughbred breeds of horse.
The purpose of this website is to provide general information for readers about the goals and ongoing activities of SCTR, to inform the public about our most recent rescues, and to showcase and promote the rehoming of the lovely Thoroughbreds that we have available for adoption and that we are rehabilitating and re-training.
SCTR Thoroughbreds that have been rehabilitated, assessed by a veterinarian and by our trainers, and are available for adoption
can be viewed at Adoptable Horses. From here, you can access an information page and additional photographs for each
adoptable horse. The extraordinary stories of SCTR horses that are permanently retired with the organization can be found at
Retired Horses. Adopted Horses records the horses that have found loving and permanent new homes through SCTR.
Our volunteers have played a part in the rescue, rehabilitation, or rehoming of all of the beautiful Thoroughbreds shown in the
photographs on our pages. We are grateful to board member and CFO, John Chun, who is responsible for taking many of the
wonderful photographs on this website, and to professional photographer Laurie Taylor for photographing our horses, and
donating the use of many images to SCTR. In addition, our logo contains an image of a painting by equine artist, and SCTR
friend and donor, Christine Picavet who kindly suggested our use of the mage and to whom we are deeply indebted. The
painting depicts a beautiful daughter of Vaguely Noble, the sire of the great racehorse, Exceller, who died in a Swedish
slaughterhouse. Please visit Christine's website to see more of her work.
We hope that you enjoy this website, and the photographs and stories of our horses, and will visit again, or perhaps even
consider adopting one of our lovely Thoroughbreds. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to the rescue, care, and
rehabilitation of ex racehorses in Southern California, you can do so here: