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Horse Lovers United Inc (HLU) was founded in August 1992, for the purpose of finding new homes for horses that were losing their home.  Ninety percent of these horses have been Standardbreds, because their value after racing has not been recognized fully by the general public.  All breeds are helped to the extent of our resources. 20,000 plus equines are sent to slaughter every year from the United States, because their owners do not want them any more.  In some cases, their owners have circumstances where they cannot keep them any more.  
How many horses went to slaughter in 2022?

Horses can't be slaughtered in the U.S., but there is no ban on slaughtering horses in the two contiguous countries. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that in 2022, more than 16,300 horses were shipped to Mexico to be slaughtered and that more than 5,100 horses went to slaughter in Canada.   Mar 22, 2023

It is our goal to help as many as possible, and to find solutions to stop horses from going to slaughter. Google "horse slaughter" to see graphic images of what horses go through. Horses have helped mankind throughout history. They deserve a humane end to life. Google "Horses Helping Inmates" and that is one solution to helping horses. If all horse lovers could join together and contact the officials in their state and do what you can to promote this idea. There are homes available in the general population, but it is sometimes hard to match the right horse with the right human. Other options for horses no longer wanted by their owners are therapy programs. There are all kinds; for disabled children & adults, veterans suffering from PTSD, individuals of all ages suffering from depression and more. There are most likely therapy programs in every state. There are always people looking for pleasure horses and sometimes even companion horses.
Every horse in this country, no matter how loved, is just one bad sale away from slaughter. To protect horses and the people who love and care for them, we must pass the Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) Act—federal legislation that would prevent the horse slaughter industry from reestablishing operations in the U.S. and prohibit the export of American horses for slaughter.
U.S. H.R. 3355/S. 2732—Save America’s Forgotten Equines (SAFE) ActASPCA Position: Support
Sponsors: Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL); Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME)
SAFE Act Sign On Letter
Dear Chairman Pallone, Ranking Member McMorris Rodgers, Chairman Durbin, and Ranking Member Grassley:

We the undersigned are working together, as an alliance of # horse welfare organizations across the U.S. that support the equine community, to advocate for the passage of the SAFE Act, H.R. 3355/S. 2732, legislation to ban the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. This legislation has been referred to your respective committees, and we urge you to please move it to the House and Senate floors as swiftly as possible.

For nearly two decades, Congress has effectively banned horse slaughter within U.S. borders, but a loophole in the law still allows the export of American horses for slaughter, causing great suffering to those horses and disrupting and burdening the equine industry as a whole. Each year, thousands of American horses are purchased by foreign slaughter contractors and trucked over the border to foreign abattoirs, enduring extreme cruelty at every step of the journey. The transport and slaughter of these beloved animals are inhumane and wholly unnecessary. The SAFE Act would finally end this brutal practice. Every day that this legislation languishes in committee, dozens more American horses die a horrible death, and the hard work that we do in our communities to rescue horses from neglect, abuse, and abandonment becomes more challenging. Research published in 2017 revealed that over 2.3 million Americans have the willingness and resources to adopt these animals if given the chance. Additionally, a 2021 national poll found that 83% of American voters oppose this cruel industry.

Ending horse slaughter is especially important to us as equine welfare professionals because we know that too many equine owners who can no longer care for their animals are hesitant to surrender them for fear that they could end up in a slaughterhouse. The SAFE Act would permanently close the horse-to-slaughter pipeline and bring peace of mind to the equine community – and it would help us provide care much sooner for the horses who need it.

This Congress is running out of time to end the brutal slaughter of American horses. Please protect them by using your leadership roles to advance the SAFE Act out of committee and onto the House and Senate floors, so we can end horse slaughter once and for all.

Thank you very much for your consideration of this urgent matter.


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EVERY MONDAY at New Holland there will be another horse sale. Lost souls let down by their owners, Standardbreds that didn't make the cut to possibly make it to freedom hall and sold to the Amish WITH NO PAPERS...tired Standardbreds that can no longer pound miles of asphalt pulling heavy buggies, work horses that have given their all for years and instead of retirement they get sent to slaughter....MANY ARE SENT TO SLAUGHTER AND SOME BOUGHT BY KILL BUYERS TO FILL THEIR SLAUGHTER TRUCKS OR POSTED ON KILL BUYERS PAGES FOR SALE. ANYONE CAN GO TO NEW HOLLAND AND RESCUE A STANDARDBRED OR OTHER BREED. THE ADDRESS IS 101 WEST FULTON STREET, NEW HOLLAND PA 17557
There are many more horse auctions. New Holland is one that is well known for the kill buyers to attend. Google: "horse auctions near me" "horse kill pens" to learn more, and help to save a horse.

I hope you are willing to put out some effort to end this cruelty to all equines Please e-mail and give me your ideas.   Call any time about anything concerning horses: 443-397-7276.  Other options:
USPS mail: P. O. Box 2744, Salisbury, MD, 21802. facebook pages: "Horse Lovers United Inc", "Options For Horses", "US Against Horse Slaughter", ""Armbro Dunbar member of Horse Lovers United Inc", "Standardbred Makeover Delmarva"
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Please look for your representatives and senators and contact them and tell them you want something done about the cruel way in which horses are killed. Ask them if there are currently any bills pending to stop this. Ask them to please support any bills and to work to get them passed. Ask them about proposing a bill that states all unwanted equines must be euthanized humanely. Ask them to pass a bill that will classify all equines as companion animals.

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Party for our Horses

Thirty-one Years of Helping Horses. Time to have a Party. Horse Lovers United Inc. (HLU) was incorporated In August 1992, for the purpose of finding new homes for horses that were no longer wanted or useful to their current owners, as an alternative to being sent to slaughter. During these years, most of the horses helped have been Standardbreds or harness horses. Fortunately, many more people are finding out that Standardbreds can excel at other careers after racing. In fact, their talents are unlimited. For many years, HLU celebrated our anniversary by having a Night at the Races, and people came and enjoyed a dinner in the Clubhouse at the track, and a blanket was given to a winning horse of a selected race. Several adopters often brought their horses and led the post parades, to show off their horse’s new talents. Unfortunately, times have changed, interest has dwindled, as well as volunteers to help with such an event. HLU is asking you to help us celebrate by having a party for us, and help raise money for our two remaining sanctuary horses; Star and Tarzan! This can be any kind of party: birthday and you could ask guests to donate to HLU in your name; backyard barbeque, and guests could bring a gift/prize and do a silent auction, or guests could bring something to donate to HLU to sell. The possibilities are endless. One HLU supporter had a Unicorn party one year and turned her horses into Unicorns to the delight of the guests. Guests all brought prizes and they held a Silent Auction and sent the money to HLU. HLU would like to continue this tradition indefinitely as a way to help our sanctuary horses and celebrate saving the lives of hundreds of horses.

  • Date: 12/01/2023 18:13
  • Location To Be Announced

LET’S HAVE A PARTY! Several years ago, Kathleen Hayes, a supporter of HLU, decided to have a small intimate Unicorn party in her back yard to raise some funds for the retired horses HLU has to care for every month. The party was small, because of Covid and she invited co-workers whom she was around every day. They were asked to bring an item for a Silent Auction. The horses became Unicorns. Everybody loved getting their photo taken with a Unicorn. If you have a horse or a pony in your back yard, please consider doing a fund-raiser like this to help horses that are not so fortunate to have a home of their own. If you don’t have a horse, we will supply you with sturdy photos of our horses that need the help. We can also supply some boots to fill with donations for each horse. Most of you probably have back yard barbecues, birthday parties, and other small gatherings. PLEASE consider doing something to help these horses. I think it could make your party even more enjoyable. We also have some items we could give you for the Silent Auction, including some decorated horseshoes. These are shoes worn by some actual racehorses. If enough of you will party for HLU, it will make a difference. Even 10 people can make a difference! Or maybe horses and Unicorns are not your thing, but you would still like to help. How about a baseball theme, or Nascar, or whatever your favorite thing is. We will still help you with planning and some prizes. Spring Cleaning Or any season of cleaning. Please remember HLU and our "sanctuary" horses that we have to care for until they pass. Star and Tarzan, 2 Standardbred geldings, that depend on HLU and their dedicated volunteers that provide the care they need. HLU has to raise about $700 every month to pay their expenses. When you are cleaning out your unwanted items, please consider having a yard sale and donating the proceeds to HLU. Don't have time for a sale? Donate your high quality items and we can pick them up and sell them through one of the local auctions Socializing Do you like to get out and meet people? There are many opportunities for HLU to set up a table and sell some of our items and get the word out about what we do.


Are you new to horses? Want one, but not sure where to start? Let HLU help you. Email :

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Networking to help find homes/options for displaced equines.

There are a lot of options for equines that owners can no longer keep. Contact HLU to help you find an option.

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Volunteers & Community Service

Horse rescues depend on volunteers to help with the workload. Do you need to do community service hours? Contact HLU to see what type of work we have that you can do.

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This website is for the purpose of helping all equines, and especially to prevent them from going to slaughter,  Please share your ideas and your resources with us, and please check out what we have for sale to benefit our horses.  We currently have several hand made items including facial masks in children's and adult sizes, handmade lined  tote bags with inside pocket & a key ring, coffee coozies, key fobs, and many more items.  We also have available many horse books, several children's horse books,  lots of equine artwork, saddles and other tack, a lot of old sheet music,  and recycled racehorse shoes, cleaned and decorated into works of art.  Many items are one of a kind, and all would make excellent gifts for anyone on your list. For photos of our items for sale, please e-mail a request to: <> All items sold will help Star & Tarzan.

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