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Reference Desk February 2012

ASPCA's Grants to Equine Groups Exceed $1.5 Million

    Record-setting funding enables organizations to care for horses

    NEW YORK, New York, February 22, 2012—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that it awarded $1,682,352 in the form of 183 grants to support equine rescue groups in 38 states in 2011. This number represents a $600,000 increase over 2010, the first year equine grants exceeded the million dollar mark.

    “With record drought and hay prices in the stratosphere, we are thrilled the ASPCA Equine Fund has been able to extend its support to so many more agencies in need,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “In these tough economic times, many equine organizations would not have been able to help horses without additional funding. The ASPCA remains committed to equine rescue and welfare efforts.”

    horse in winter

    Twenty-seven percent of the equine grant money was distributed to 13 thoroughbred rescue organizations in 2011, the second year of the Million Dollar Rescuing Racers Initiative, a program to save retired racehorses from neglect, abuse, and slaughter. In addition, 70 equine organizations received 23% of the funds to provide emergency feed support, including funds that were distributed through the “Hay Bale-Out” program for horses impacted by the high cost and low supply of hay in drought-stricken Texas and Oklahoma. An additional 13&of the funds were distributed to 35 equine rescues and sanctuaries for capital improvements for safety and expansion. Grants were also awarded to organizations for additional education on best practices, to conduct disaster preparedness training, rehabilitate equines rescued from cruelty and neglect, and to provide a safety net for low-income horse owners.

    Texas and California each received 26 grants, more than any of the other states. Both are in the top three states for equine ownership. California has more equine rescues than any other state; Texas was hit hard last year by a record-setting heat wave and drought resulting in a tremendous need for hay transported from out of state.

    The ASPCA Equine Fund provides grants to non-profit equine welfare organizations in the United States for purposes in alignment with its efforts to protect horses. The ASPCA Equine Fund grants program seeks to award equine organizations that strive to achieve best practices, including sound horse care, maintenance of up-to-date Web sites, and robust fundraising practices.

    About the ASPCA®
    Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. More than one million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach, and animal health services. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org

    Source: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®

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