Brennan Equine Welfare Fund Announces 2023 Grant Distributions!

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Brennan Equine Welfare Fund Announces 2023 Grant Distributions


AUGUST 15, 2023

Cincinnati, OH – Brennan Equine Welfare Fund (BEWF) is pleased to announce their 2023 grants. Fourteen exceptional equine rescue/rehabilitation/retirement/retraining and placement facilities across the USA have been awarded. 

Thoroughbred-focused recipients include Bright Future’s Farm, Exceller Fund, Glen Ellen Vocational Academy and ReRun.

Non-breed-specific organizations granted include Brook Hill Retirement Center, Days End Farm, Duchess Sanctuary, Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation, Illinois Equine Humane Center, Kentucky Equine Adoption Center, Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals, Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement and Square Peg Foundation.

Also awarded was Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary (HTFAS). Accredited by Global Foundation for Animal Sanctuaries and Standardbred Transition Alliance, HTFAS rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes criminally abused, neglected, and abandoned farm animals. One horse that has felt the impact of the BEWF grant is Nomad. This handsome 25-year-old Quarter Horse somehow found himself at an auction. Alone and blind. The team at HTFAS saw his gentle spirit and kind demeanor immediately, along with his pressing need for medical care. Nomad received that much needed Veterinary care which restored him to feeling healthy and confident. The best part? He found a perfect family to call his own! He is living the dream of morning smooches, afternoon grazing, and a safe and comfortable stall, along with companionship of another horse previously adopted from HTFAS. Most importantly, Nomad is feeling the love he always deserved. HTFAS states, “A huge thank you to each and every supporter who made Nomad’s dream of belonging a reality. There is no way that we at HTFAS could rescue, rehabilitate and re-home horses in need without the support of the community, and for that we are eternally grateful to BEWF for the generous support shown to all the equines in our care.” Brennan Equine Welfare Fund is pleased to partner with HTFAS, and gives thanks to all donors who made this, and all 2023 grants, possible.                                                                             

Brennan Equine Welfare Fund is a fund-raising, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization set up through The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Grants from Brennan Equine Welfare Fund are used to serve equine rescue shelters across the country that provide dignity to final years of aged, injured, abused, starved and slaughter-bound horses, as well as those used in medical experimentation. This fund supports registered, 501(c)(3) organizations that specialize in retirement and rehabilitation services and offer a peaceful and permanent sanctuary for these beautiful animals. Shelters, which offer carefully scrutinized adoption or re-placement services, are also supported. Established in 2000 by Linda Pavey, Brennan Equine Welfare Fund carries on the memory of her equine companion, Brennan (J.B.’s Hero), an off-the-track Thoroughbred.

For more information about Brennan Equine Welfare Fund, please visit

Nomad upon intake (top photo)

Nomad living his best life at his adoptive home (bottom photo)

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  1. Bunny

    Thank you for posting this. Duchess Sanctuary is in your former state. Rescues in that former state needs all the help theycan get because the equine abuse and neglect problems here are largely ignored by the entire legal system. Not calling it the justice system because there is little or no justice for the horses (and dogs and other domestic animals) who are left to starve or are deliberately abused for the dubious entertainment of some really, really bad people in that state. Duchess and some of the other rescues try so hard to get cruelty and neglect issues investigated and prosecuted – the laws are on the books but seldom actually enforced. Getting investigations of any kind especially in-depth enough to convince a prosecutor to do their job, and then dealing with judges who just do not care – it’s enough to make the strongest rescuers want to give up. Yet they soldier on despite low funding levels but with the help of tireless volunteers. Oregon’s lackadaisical approach to animal neglect and cruelty even attracts animal abusers from other areas as well. Sometimes reporters attempting to bring these to the attention of the media are even threatened by law enforcement officers for doing their job. Duchess is the best and well deserving of the grant.

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