WATCH: 16 Parade Horses Will Need Homes After Mardi Gras—Find Out How You Can Help
After the crowds depart and the beads have been swept from the streets, more than a dozen stars of New Orleans' Mardi Gras parade could end up homeless.
This year, three Louisiana organizations are teaming up to save 16 horses from being resold at auctions or for slaughter. In the weeks leading up to the annual event, the Humane Society of Louisiana, Cascade Stables and Barney's Farm Sanctuary are doing everything they can to line up new owners for these beautiful animals.
The 2019 carnival season will be the third year that the organizations have joined forces for a formal adoption program, WWLTV reports. Since the program began, 32 parade horses have been adopted and saved from uncertain futures.
Prior to their efforts, stables that rented to Mardi Gras krewes would end up with more horses than they could care for after the revelry was over. Unfortunately, many of these parade horses would be sold back to brokers who would sometimes resell them at auction or to slaughter.
"This program is truly a life-saver for these wonderful creatures, some of whom have faced uncertain futures in past years," Humane Society of Louisiana director Jeff Dorson told WWLTV.
A volunteer group organized by the humane society is responsible for photographing each horse and showcasing them on a dedicated Facebook page. Volunteers then review adoption applications and meet with prospective families. The associated adoption fees go to Cascade Stables to help them care for their horses.
"It's necessary and fair that we provide them with safe harborage and care after they have provided us with weeks of entertainment and frivolity," Dorson told the Associated Press.
For more information, visit Humane Society of Louisiana's Mardi Gras Horses Adoption Program Facebook page here.