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ASPCA grants total $1.4m for 2013

bay-head-stockEquine groups in the US benefited to the tune of $US1.4 million in 2013 from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, with racehorse rescue garnering about 20 percent of the total.

The grants made to support equine rescues and sanctuaries in 43 states and the District of Columbia were primarily awarded as part of the ASPCA Equine Fund. Some 20 percent of the total supported the Rescuing Racers Initiative, which aids in the rescue and rehabilitation of retired racehorses to save them from slaughter, repurposing the horses for other areas of the equine world and giving them a new lease on life for events or pleasure riding.

“Thoroughbreds frequently end up at livestock auctions — or worse, are sent to slaughterhouses — when their racing days are over,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “We were thrilled to provide these equine rescues with funds to help them transition ex-racers out of the racing stable and into someone’s show barn or farm paddock, and keep these horses out of slaughterhouses.”

New this year was a special opportunity for 50 organizations to receive grants enabling them to receive a one-year membership to the Association of Fundraising Professionals, as well as a scholarship to its 7-module e-learning course, Fundamentals of Fundraising.

“Many of our grants address specific needs, but this is one grant that keeps giving,” said Schultz. “It helps groups widen their fundraising capabilities, and make major headway toward sustainability.”

Another new initiative in 2013 was the “Hay It Forward” project, a supplemental program to the ASPCA’s existing Hay Bale Out grants program, which helps feed horses across the United States. The program was designed to raise awareness of equine welfare issues while providing much needed hay to equine rescue organizations. It was implemented at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in March and the Hampton Classic horse show in September.

California, the state with the largest number of equine rescues and sanctuaries, as well as some of the nation’s highest hay costs, led the ASPCA Equine Fund grant recipients with 38 grants. Colorado was in second place with 14 grants, New Mexico and Washington tied with 13 grants each, and rounding out the top five was Florida with 11 grants.

The ASPCA Equine Fund provides grants to non-profit, US equine welfare organizations who work to rescue and protect horses. The grants benefit equine organizations striving to achieve best practices, including sound horse care, maintenance of updated websites and robust fundraising practices.

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  1. Randy Janssen says:

    This is chump change for the ASPCA. The ASPCA is not your local volunteer animal shelter. The ASPCA has been hijacked by radical animal rights activist. It is a multimillion dollar corporation that spends almost every dime it gets on obscene salaries and filing lawsuits. It raises money by showing ads of cute dogs and cats, but it spends less then 10% to feed and shelter cats and dogs. What it does spend money on, is the vegan activist group Mercy for Animals and a 9 million dollar judgment for filing false allegations against the Ringingly Brothers Circus. The ASPCA IS AGAINST RODEO AND AND WERTERN TRADITIONS. The ASPCA IS FOR A VEGETARIAN LIFESTYLE AND AGAINST EATTING MEAT. The ASPCA is part of the vegan revolution that wants to change our eating habits and standard of living by outlawing factory farming methods that are even used on family farms. The ASPCA is bad for America so don’t applaud its lackeys. If you want to support something think about giving to the child fund, St. Jude, the Wounded Warriors, or you local food bank. If you want to help animals, give money to you local animal shelter. Giving money to the ASPCA is giving money to a large bureaucracy that waste it on salaries and litigation. It claims to do good but if you really look at what it does, it only piggybacks on the work of local organizations.

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