The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has stepped up to help in 19 states, giving $US250,000 for hay for at-risk horses.
Its equine “Bale-Out” is in response to a severe hay shortage fueled by a drought, which has seen prices soar.
The ASPCA says it will give the money to 53 equine welfare organizations and animal control agencies across the worst-hit states.
The ASPCA said soaring temperatures, widespread drought, wildfires, and export to Asian markets had depleted the supply of hay, creating a desperate need among equine caretakers.
The cost of hay has been driven upward at an alarming rate, as the supply and quality of hay dwindles, with bales of hay costing up to $25 in some regions.
“The ASPCA knows of the devastating hardships that the equine community is facing this year due to the immense shortages and skyrocketing costs of hay,” said Jacques Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund.
“Our Hay Bale-Out program provides the dedicated equine caretakers with the funds needed to properly care for their animals, and we are thankful that we are able to assist those who are struggling to feed their horses and donkeys.”
Diane Zook, president of Montana’s Beartooth Humane Alliance, one of the groups receiving a grant, said: “This past season has seen hay production merely a third of normal production due to persevering drought conditions.
“We predict the low inventory and high costs of hay will make this an exceptionally challenging winter for families already struggling to feed their horses.
“This gift will allow us to proactively help qualifying families feed their horses before starvation or abandonment occurs.”
In 2011, the ASPCA Equine Fund awarded nearly $US1.5 million in grant funding to 165 non-profit equine welfare organizations in 38 states whose focus and expertise is concentrated on reducing the suffering of equines who have lost their homes or been cruelly treated.
The ASPCA Equine Fund grants program seeks to award equine organizations who strive to achieve best practices, including sound horse care, maintenance of updated websites and robust fundraising practices.
The recipients of funds from the ASPCA’s recent Hay Bale-Out include the following:
- All About Equine Animal Rescue, California
- Alliance Equine Rescue and Youth Educational Development Foundation, California
- Amerequine Beauty, California
- Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue, Pennsylvania
- Angels Havens Horse Rescue, Ohio
- Animal Angels, Texas
- Arizona Equine Rescue Organization, Arizona
- Beartooth Humane Alliance, Montana
- Beauty’s Haven Farm & Equine Rescue, Florida
- Blue Rose Ranch Inc., Colorado
- Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, Texas
- Charlotte & Arthur Romero Wildlife Foundation, Colorado
- Dreamchasers PMU Rescue and Rehabilitation, Arizona
- Equine Outreach, Oregon
- Equine Rescue Center & Sanctuary, California
- Give Me a Chance Equine Rescue, Arkansas
- Healing Hearts With Horses, Iowa
- Heaven Can Wait, California
- Home At Last Sanctuary, California
- Horse Harbor Foundation, Washington
- Horse Play, Rhode Island
- HorseNet, Maryland
- Horses Of Tir Na Nog, California
- Humane Society of Huron Valley, Michigan
- Humane Society of Missouri, Missouri
- Humanity For Horses, California
- Journeys End Ranch Animal Sanctuary, Arizona
- Lifesavers, California
- Linn County Animal Rescue, Oregon
- Longhopes Donkey Shelter, Colorado
- Meadow Haven Horse Rescue, Texas
- Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement, Connecticut
- Monero Mustangs, New Mexico
- Neigh Savers Foundation, California
- Paco’s Pantry, California
- Reigning Grace Ranch, Arizona
- Reilly’s Ranch-Horse Rescue and Rehab, Texas
- Ruby Ranch Horse Rescue, Colorado
- Sammie’s Friends, California
- Saving Horses, California
- Second Chance Ranch, Washington
- Serenity Acres, New Mexico
- Spirit Acres, Texas
- Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, South Dakota
- Spring Creek Horse Rescue, Colorado
- The Brighter Days Horse Refuge, Texas
- The Florida Research Institute for Equine Nurturing Devel & Saf, Florida
- The Golden Carrot, California
- The Whispering Hope Ranch Foundation, Arizona
- True Blue Animal Rescue, Texas
- United Pegasus Foundation, California
- Wild for Life Foundation, California
- Wyandot County Equine Rescue, Ohio