05/26/2011 2:56PM

Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation organizes free veterinary care

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The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation has formed an alliance of equine veterinarians who have agreed to provide free veterinary care to former Thoroughbred racehorses from non-profit organizations.

To receive the free care under the new National Equine Veterinary Alliance, a non-profit organization must be registered with and approved by the retirement foundation. According to the foundation, criteria for approval includes “many factors, such as reputation, registered 501(c)(3) status, and dedication to transitioning Thoroughbred racehorses exclusively.”

“The Alliance’s mission is to promote a beneficial and cooperative outreach program to the rescue/adoption organizations providing aftercare to these deserving ex-racers,” the foundation said in its release announcing the veterinary alliance’s formation.

“Rescue and adoption organizations are doing all that they can but are strictly limited in most cases to private monetary donations and the goodwill of local veterinarians and vendors,” said Dr. Patricia Hogan, a retirement foundation board member and chair of its veterinary liaison committee. “The TRF would like to bring some structure and organization to this problem, provide an avenue for veterinary assistance for these organizations, and, at the same time, shine a positive light on the veterinary professionals already working hard to help transition these horses.”