Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue (CDHR), Inc. is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving the lives of draft horses that were bound for slaughter, victims of starvation, neglect, or abuse whose owners are unable to provide for their needs.
Stacey Golub, DVM, the founder of CDHR, is an equine veterinarian from East Hampton, CT and the owner of Connecticut Valley Equine Veterinary Services, LLC, a mobile equine practice. Dr. Golub adopted her first rescue horse while in vet school at Cornell, but her passion for drafts started with a rescued Clydesdale several years ago. His quiet, gentle nature turned Dr. Golub into a draft horse lover. Drafts captured Dr. Golub's heart; and rescues are her way of "giving back" to the horses that have impacted her life's course.
In November of 2010 Dr. Golub and some friends learned of a Shire mare in the hands of a slaughter broker in PA. Dr. Golub rallied the troops: one friend offered quarantine space, another friend offered to transport, and several friends on Facebook donated money to bail the horse out. It didn't take long to find an adopter for this gorgeous mare, and Dr. Golub and her friends decided they'd like to help rescue more drafts. Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue was born.
In February 2011 CDHR incorporated as a nonprofit organization and became a registered charity in CT and away we went! In October 2011 CDHR expanded to a 68 acre farm in Haddam Neck. To date, we have rescued more than 70 horses and adopted many to loving new homes. We vet, quarantine, rehabilitate, train, and re-home rescued horses with a strict contract for their life-long protection. Due to a change in ownership of the leased property in Haddam Neck, CDHR is currently in the process of securing land and raising funds to build our new home for the rescue, Autumn Ridge.
Our organization is run strictly on public donations. We spend over $20,000 per year on hay alone. In addition to our work with the horses, we also educate people with regard to the proper care, training and responsible ownership of horses. We organize gelding clinics to address the problem of unwanted horses, and we promote and support equine efforts and animal rescue in times of natural disaster. The generous support of caring individuals like you help us to meet our goals and, more importantly, allows us to reach out and save more horses.
Please consider a tax-deductible donation for our Capital Campaign to purchase and build a new home for our rescue horses.