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About Us

Our Story

The Kentucky Equine Adoption Center (KYEAC) is the largest all-breed equine rescue in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Nestled on 72 acres in the rolling hills of Jessamine County, KYEAC is the home and training ground for approximately 50 equines at all stages of rehabilitation and retraining. We are not a sanctuary; part of our mission is to find the perfect home and purpose for all of our horses - from high-level dressage to therapeutic equine companions, from trail horses to pasture ponies.

In 2006 and 2007, a dedicated group of individuals from the Central Kentucky area recognized that there was a need for an equine rescue that accepted all breeds of horses from various situations. During those years there was an increase in owners who were not able to keep their horses and they needed a place to turn to. These dedicated people became the first Board of Directors, and they were all affiliated with some aspect of the equine industry - veterinarians, Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing, equine law, marketing, and local business.

In 2008, the IRS granted nonprofit status, and the Kentucky Equine Humane Center was born and settled into a 72-acre farm in Nicholasville on Catnip Hill Rd, where it remains today. The founders of the Center wanted it to be a place where all breeds of horses were accepted so that no horse would be excluded from the chance at a new life. To this day, all equines are accepted – miniature horses, donkeys, mules, and horses.

During the winter of 2018 and 2019, the Center changed its name to the Kentucky Equine Adoption Center. The Center was frequently confused with the humane society, which is a different organization, and the Board of Directors and staff wanted a name that reflected the goal for every horse - adoption.

In fulfilling the mission of the Kentucky Equine Adoption Center to rescue and rehome horses, we strive to reflect the diverse communities we serve and promote equity and fairness in all aspects of our work.  From those who bring us horses, those who adopt our horses, our partners, our team, and the community, we are dedicated to creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels respected and valued.

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Our Mission

  • To provide humane treatment and shelter while seeking adoptive homes and providing second chances for Kentucky’s equine, regardless of breed.

  • To educate the public and raise awareness for responsible equine ownership so that fewer horses end up in crisis.

  • To work with and serve as a model for organizations with the same mission in other states: to save America’s equines from inhumane treatment.

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