PHOENIX - After the Homestretch Arizona started as a small racehorse rescue, taking in four thoroughbreds in 2011. By 2017, the all volunteer 501 (c)(3) charity in the North Valley had taken in 54 horses, including many related to Secretariat and Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew. The goal is to find every horse a new, permanent, loving home.
With support from Turf Paradise and many individual donations, ATHA rehabilitates and retrains the former racehorses so they can take on new careers, from trail horses to show jumpers or simply companion animals.
In the spring, the volunteers learned the property they lease had been sold for development. They've found a new, larger property, but are now desperately trying to raise the nearly $400,000 they need to acquire it and give the horses a permanent home.
"Our end goal is to be more efficient in finding more homes for more horses and taking in more horses," said ATHA board president Danielle Marturana.
Horse lovers with an interest in adopting or donating, can contact the organization via their website.