About Us

We are a non-profit organization located on Vancouver Island. We have rescued over 630 horses from slaughter since 2015. We currently have many horses available for adoption and some who are permanent residents of the rescue due to health or age.  


"Aiming to save, protect and improve the lives of horses in BC. Working towards saving horses bound for slaughter in BC and Alberta."  



Why do we Rescue Horses from the Auctions?

The Auctions:

Horses are sent to auctions either because the owners cannot keep them, do not want to pay their vet care, or have a surplus of offspring from their breeding/racing program. The hope is they will be brought by individuals but, unfortunately, the great majority are bid on by the "Meat Man".

The auctions are often muddy and unprotected from the elements and elderly and compromised horses sometimes do not make it through the process alive.

The "Meat Man":

These individuals make a living providing animals for the slaughterhouses. They bid on horses based on their weight and will take ponies, drafts, foals, pregnant and nursing mares, as well as sound riding horses. They are not all bad - many let us buy back if we lost out in the auction, and a few have even called when really nice horses arrive at their place destined for slaughter. However, the reality is that these buyers are sending these horses to an unpleasant death. 


This is not humane euthanasia, folks! These places are high stress, injuries occur, and they are crammed together waiting for their turn. The meat is generally exported for human consumption, and testing for medications in the meat is lax. We will not elaborate too much here..but you get the idea! Do you research and see.

Why is there an Adoption Fee?

The cost for Humanity for Horses Foundation to rescue a horse is comprised of the auction fee, transport to a foster/quarantine, transport from the interior to the island with a licensed hauler, ferries, vet/medications/wormer, and feed daily. The adoption fee is MUCH lower than the actual cost of reducing a horse -often 1/4-1/3 of the amount. The adoption fee helps offset the cost incurred in that horse's journey to safety. but in no way covers the actual expenses. This is why we rely on the generosity of our horse community or not one of these horses would be alive today!

Adoption Forms

Interactive application form:

Printable form:


Candy 🍭 🐴

We can’t believe this beautiful girl hasn’t been adopted yet. She is definitely on the favorites list with the volunteers. This girl is the perfect combo of sweet and sassy. She hurries over to greet you at the gate, is always first in line for treats and absolutely loves to rest her head on your shoulder for a good snuggle. Candy would be an amazing addition to any family. 

She is an 18 year old mare with lots of life to life ❤️

Does on occasion have seasonal heaves, so has soaked hay during the summer

Broke to ride 🐎

She has not being ridden in a few years so would need a refresher as when you get on she wants to run… thre is no walk button. 

Located in Cowichan Bay, BC

Adoption Fee: $2,500

Cassie - "Coming Soon"



Cora is an absolute beauty. Not only is she gorgeous, she is sweet as pie. She is a 6-year-old draft cross. Unfortunately, she has some neurological issues and her back legs tend to lock up if she’s made to stand too long. She needs the freedom to move and can’t be stuck in a stall. She would greatly benefit from chiropractic and massage treatments. She would make a fantastic EFW therapy or companion horse. Could you be Cora’s forever family?

Looking for a Sponsor

Not Rideable

Companion only 

Location: Duncan, BC

Adoption Fee: $2,500



Cruz is a 20-year-old gelding was recently saved from auction.

The marks on his face are from a tight halter that was rarely if ever taken off his face 

When we first rescued him he was quite hard to catch, he is now doing better with that. 

He is UTD on vaccines, teeth, feet and dewormed.

He is broke to ride

Location: Vancouver Island 

Adoption Fee: $2,500



22-year-old QH gelding

Good trail horse once he gets moving.  

We have not ridden him or tried him out.

We are looking for a foster home, or foster to adopt, or free lease

Broke to ride but can be challenging when you first get on, we are told.

Location: Duncan, BC

Adoption Fee: $2,500



Ellie is 5 years old and She stands at about 12 hh. She is a ton of fun and a busy girl who gets bored easily.  

Currently she is halter broke, good for farrier, and good to blanket.   

She has a significant love for water and you will find her playing in the water tubs, kiddy pools, puddles etc.  if she has the opportunity to go swimming she will jump in.   

She does has a 4.5” overbite so a special diet will eventually be needed. She should also go bitless. She does require her teeth done every 9 months. 

Adoption Fee: $2,500 will increase with training.



Hooper is a lovely OTTB 8 yr old gelding.  

He is a 16.3 hh teddy bear…he wants to engage with people and seeks them out.  He has clearly been well loved by someone.   

He is rideable and has had kids on him without issue other than him being so tall.  We haven’t had him in the trails yet but he was a saint in the ring. He shouldn’t be jumped because he is over on his knees slightly. 

Trailers well.   

He has had a chiropractor adjustment as he was stepping slightly short on the left front.  

Adoption Fee: $2000



Molly is an 18 year old mini mare located in Duncan, BC

This beautiful girl is quite timid, but slowly she is learning to warm up to the volunteers. She’s most happy out grazing in the sun. 

Molly requires, yearly blood work to monitor her Cushings. She currently takes 1/2 a tablet of prascend daily but this may need to be increased in the near further. Low sugar hay is required.

We would love to see Molly find a loving home for her to enjoy retirement out in the fields feeling safe and at home. 

Location: Duncan, BC

Adoption Fee: $1,000



Companion or Semi-Retired

Meet Neveah this lovely kind hearted Soul is ready for her forever home.

She is a 23 yr old qh mare standing about 15 hh.

She is easy to catch , and easy to handle.

She is kind and gentle.

Loves to be brushed and would be ok for light riding.

UTD on working, teeth and vaccines. 

Has Cushing's and requires daily pascend.

Location: Vancouver Island  

Adoption Fee: $2,500



Nova this lovely 4 yr old 16.3 hh OTTB mare who is still growing and currently bum high.   

She is extremely friendly and loves people.  She will follow you around like a puppy. She quietly waits for you to scratch her all over. She loves to cuddle and loves carrots.   

She is delicate and sensitive. She should be blanketed over the winter and in the rainy season.  She will need a barn in the winter and a nicely bedded stall….all the luxuries a princess gets and deserves.   

She is only track trained and will need training to be a riding horse which likely won’t take long as she is extremely intelligent.  She responds to a quiet and gentle hands…no harsh handlers!  She would likely excel in dressage or English pleasure. She is very leggy so unless you are riding beautifully groomed trails she is likely too tall to be a trail horse as she is still growing. We also don’t think she should be climbing the Rockies or packing gear into the bush.   

We would like to see her bond with her person and not be a school string master. She has a heart of gold and is waiting to give it to her heart person. She will give you 110%.   

We are in no hurry to home her as we want to wait for the perfect home for Nova. We are looking for a long commitment only. No flippers! No breeding contract applies. 

Nova did suffer a slap fracture in her knee and had a year off and it was xrayed by the owner and has healed fully.   

Teeth are due again April 2024. PPE are welcomed as we don’t have her official vet file.    

Location: Cowichan Bay, BC  

Adoption fee REDUCED to $1750 



Meet Willow!!! 

Willow is a 12 year old TW mare. She is a beautiful independent gal! 

When Willow was rescued she was in foal, her son River can be seen in some of her photos with her ❤️ - although she makes beautiful babies, Willow will be adopted with a non breeding contract. This poor lady suffered some serious trauma and internal damage during birth and had to be cauterized due to extended significant bleeding. No breeders need apply please. 
Willow is gaited, very green and nervous under saddle. She is looking for a patient family to help her gain trust and to grow with. Show homes will also not be considered as adopters. She is a beautiful girl who minds her own business, and enjoys being out in the fields grazing on grass. We would love to see this lovely lady find a family to call her own where she can live a spoiled life. 

Location: Duncan 

Adoption fee: $2,500

Get in Touch

Send us a message if you have any questions about fostering, adopting or free leasing a horse.