New Vocations Thoroughbred Adoption kicked off the holiday season with a half-off deal on all ex-racehorse Thoroughbreds up for adoption.
Ordinarily, adoption fees can run as much as $700, but for the month of December, the fee will be reduced as part of the New Vocations Holiday Promotion, says Sandy Seabrook, spokeswoman.
“Last December we adopted 39 horses with the same promotion, and this year our goal is to beat that number!” Seabrook says.
The charity is already well on its way, having booked eight adoptions as of December 5th, she says, with several others pending.
And since New Vocations announced it’s promotion, they have been “flooded” with phone calls from parents and spouses considering buying a horse for a loved one this holiday season.
“We started the half-off adoption fee program several years ago, and it’s been so successful for us that we’ve offered it every December,” Seabrook says. “Typically we see a slowdown in adoptions during the colder months, so this is a great way now, to entice adopters.
“Plus, an ex-racehorse makes a great Christmas present!!”
And some of those photogenic Thoroughbreds even posed with Santa hats and brightly wrapped presents, demonstrating their charm and calm in new environments. Pictured is ex-racehorse Finn Again, the chestnut gelding holding the hat, and Technique, the dark bay with the packages. Both are four-year-olds.
Those wishing to find out more may contact New Vocations by phone by calling the main office at 937-642-3171, or by sending an inquiry via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Vocations is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, which adopts out approximately 400 ex-racehorse Thoroughbreds every year to carefully screened and monitored homes.
“Our goal with the special is to obviously get more horses into homes, but the second goal is to spread awareness to the fact that we have good quality horses available for adoption year around,” says Anna Ford, program director for New Vocations.
“The promotion definitely draws awareness, but we are very careful to screen each adopter to ensure that they understand that long term commitment they are making in adopting a horse from the program.”
Ford adds that more than 20 horses on a waiting list for a stall at New Vocations.
“All are sitting at a track or layup facility waiting for us to have a stall available in order for them to come into the program,” she says. “It’s because of them that we are working so hard to get more horses into suitable homes. The longer they have to wait to come into our program the greater risk that they may end up going to a less suitable situation.”