ASPCA Grants More Than $1 Million to Equine Groups in 2010

Highest amount ever granted helps organizations across U.S. care for more horses

The ASPCAR(The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to AnimalsR) today announced that it awarded $1,055,400 in the form of 93 grants to support equine rescue groups and humane organizations in 32 states in 2010, nearly doubling the $546,789 distributed in 2009.

“Thanks to the continued public support of the ASPCA Equine Fund, we were able to award the most funding we’ve ever granted in a single year in 2010,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of Community Outreach for the ASPCA. “We intend to continue our strong commitment to equine rescue and welfare efforts in 2011 – the more resources we can provide to these hard-working groups, the better they can serve our nation’s horses.”

More than 32 percent of the grants awarded to equine groups in 2010 will be used to complete various capital improvements so that the groups can safely care for more horses. Another 23 percent of the grants awarded helped provide groups with emergency supplies of hay. An additional 17 percent of grants went toward helping groups provide care for the equine victims of large scale anti-cruelty seizures of 12 horses or more. Additional grants awarded will allow groups to obtain more training for staff and accreditation for their organizations, conduct community outreach to horse owners, provide alternatives to NYC’s carriage horse industry and provide other equine veterinary or welfare support.

As part of the more than $1 million granted this year, the ASPCA also launched the Million Dollar Rescuing Racers Initiative in 2010, the first year of a three-year drive to save retired racehorses. Six organizations received initial disbursements from the ASPCA to enable them to expand their programs and make facility improvements, all in an effort to care for more retired thoroughbreds.

With help from the ASPCA, the San Diego Equine Safety Net Coalition also was formed in 2010, and has helped more than 200 horses through veterinary vouchers, a community hay bank, and re-homing facilitation. The ASPCA also completed its three-year commitment to Return to Freedom, enabling the wild horse sanctuary to provide the highest standards of care to its equine residents.

The ASPCA Equine Fund provides grants to non-profit equine welfare organizations in the United States for purposes in alignment with our efforts to protect horses. The ASPCA Equine Fund grants program seeks to award equine organizations who strive to achieve best practices, including maintenance of updated websites and robust fundraising practices. To learn more about the ASPCA Equine Fund and 2010 grantees, visit www.aspcapro.org.

About the ASPCAR Founded in 1866, the ASPCAR (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to AnimalsR) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. 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. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca.

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