Allie Feldman, Executive Director of NYClass, an animal advocacy non-profit that led the campaign for a ban on horse carriages, said that several organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA and her own, are dedicated to providing homes for the retired horses.
"We get calls from compassionate people all the time offering to adopt a carriage horse, and we're maintaining a long list of prospective homes that are ready and waiting for when the horses are taken off the streets," Feldman, whose organization has pledged to fund "retirement homes" for the animals along with the ASPCA. She called Neeson's claim that the horses will be slaughtered a "fear-mongering scare tactic" meant to defend the carriage industry.
In a recent blog post, Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of HSUS, offered Cleveland Armory Black Beauty Ranch in Texas as a sanctuary for some of the horses. And Matt Bershadker, CEO of ASPCA, did the same in a statement: "We would gladly get involved -- including tapping into our network of rescue partners and resources -- to help with the transition."