Equine Rescue Groups Compete to Help At-Risk Horses on ASPCA Help a Horse Day, April 26



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Equine Rescue Groups Compete to Help At-Risk Horses on ASPCA Help a

Horse Day, April 26

NEW YORK, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/-- The ASPCA@ (The

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals@) today

announced participants in its 2014 ASPCA Help a Horse Day grants

contest, a nationwide competition for equine rescues and sanctuaries

to raise awareness about the lifesaving year-round work they do to

care for local at-risk horses who've been abused, neglected or find

themselves homeless. Participating rescue groups will be competing for

the chance to win one of five $10,000 grant prizes to assist their

efforts to protect horses. Contestants will be judged on the

creativity of their events, as well as their ability to engage the

local community.

"Equine rescues and sanctuaries that step in to care for these horses

give them a much-deserved new lease on life," said Jacque Schultz,

senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. "We were so impressed by the

creativity and commitment of this year's participants. They were

clearly inspired by their deep passion for horse welfare, and embody

the spirit and hope behind Help a Horse Day. It is the perfect

opportunity for the horse-loving public to join with rescues to make

an impact that will last far beyond the celebration day."

More than 80 groups will be hosting events across 32 states on

Saturday, April 26-a date chosen for its significance to the ASPCA's

long history of horse protection. In 1866, ASPCA founder Henry Bergh

stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first

successful arrest for horse mistreatment on April 26 of that year. The

protection of horses has been a core part of the ASPCA mission ever

since, including legislation, advocacy, rescue and targeted grants.

Thousands of equines become homeless each year through no fault of

their own, and many frequently end up at livestock auctions where they

are purchased for slaughter. It's a myth that only old, sick or

injured horses are slaughtered. The USDA notes that more than 92

percent of horses sent to slaughter - over 144,000 in 2013 alone-are

in good condition, and could go on to lead productive lives in loving

homes.

In 2013 the ASPCA awarded $1.4 million in grants to support equine

rescues and sanctuaries in 43 states and the District of Columbia. The

grants were primarily awarded as part of the ASPCA Equine Fund, which

provides life-saving resources - including financial help, in-person

and online training, and sharing of best practices -- to non-profit

equine welfare organizations in the U.S.

For more information on ASPCA Help a Horse Day or to see if there is

an event near you, please visit www.aspca.org/helpahorse. For more

information on the ASPCA's efforts to end horse slaughter, please

visit www.aspca.org/slaughter.

About the ASPCA@ Founded in 1866, the ASPCA@ (The American Society for

the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals@) is the first animal welfare

organization in North America and serves as the nation's leading voice

for animals. More than two 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. For more

information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the

ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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