Where there's always lots of horseplay!
Please consider donating,
no amount is too small.
Welcome to Horse Play Rescue and Sanctuary, my name is Deidre Sharp. I am the founder and President of Horse Play. Due to COVID-19 restrictions we have had to cancel most of our fundraisers for the past year. I am asking you to consider making a donation to Horse Play, which is Rhode Island’s only 501(c)3 non-profit equine specific, full-service, Horse Rescue & Sanctuary.
Horse Play is currently supporting 22 horses, between our onsite and our fosters. Since our beginning in 1999, we have helped over 370 horses. We have been operating at an over-full capacity since 2012 with at least 5 horses always on the waiting list. At present the average cost per horse is around $375 per month.
In addition to direct donations, there are a couple of other ways that you can help Horse Play.
You can sponsor a horse! Sponsorship is a committed monthly amount – ANY amount. You may pick a horse to sponsor or we can choose one for you. You will receive our newsletter plus monthly photos & updates on your sponsored horse. Local sponsors can even make arrangements to visit their sponsored horse.
You can also shop at Amazon Smile! If you shop at Amazon.com all you need to do is change how you get there and go to Smile.Amazon.com and once there, you can sign in and select Horse Play as your Charity. From that point on, whenever you shop at Smile.Amazon.com, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Horse Play. It's a simple and automatic way for you to support Horse Play every time you shop, at no cost to you. The more you buy, the more they donate!.
Horse Play is a Rhode Island based 501(c)3 non-profit Horse Rescue and Sanctuary that provides rescue, rehabilitation, sanctuary and adoption for abused, neglected, unwanted, and/or slaughter bound horses.
Many horses come to Horse Play because their owners can no longer afford to keep them, some owners may not have the skills or knowledge to provide the proper care, children may outgrow or lose interest in them, and others are just considered disposable, if the horse isn't winning it goes to auction.
Most of these horses also have health and/or behavior problems. We use humane, communication-oriented teaching methods in our training/retraining, we provide quality vet care, feed and lots of love.
Some horses are eventually placed in approved adoptive homes. Those horses who are deemed unadoptable live out the rest of their lives at
Since 1999, we have helped over 300 equines.
* Photo of Rasa with Buddha standing behind her
To promote the prevention of equine abuse and suffering.
To provide rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and sanctuary services for abused, neglected, and/or unwanted horses.
To provide placement & follow-up services for rehabilitated horses and permanent sanctuary for horses that cannot be placed.
To assist law enforcement and welfare agencies with cruelty investigations and prosecution through care and placement of seized equines, and through assistance and support during prosecution.
To develop and present educational programs and printed media, clinics and seminars on the responsible care and training of horses.
To provide equine experiential learning and healing programs to veterans, emergency services personnel and others in need.
To build and operate a sustainable organization through sound fiscal and management practices.
* Photo of Buddy and Reno