This Saturday marks the second annual Help a Horse Day run by US animal charity ASPCA.
In honor of the day on April 26, the ASPCA Equine Fund will be hosting a nationwide grants contest, awarding five $10,000 grants to equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the life-saving work they do year-round to care for at-risk horses.
The five groups with the most creative and engaging events on April 26 will win.
There are more than 80 groups in 32 states participating, and the competition is fierce.
One group is hosting a parade of rescued horses down their local main street and another is having a “horse wash.”
Another is hosting a horse-themed carnival complete with a “kiss the donkey” booth, while another is hosting a rally on the steps of their state’s capitol.
In addition to the grants giveaway, the ASPCA is also running a Help A Horse Photo Contest for fans on social media to submit photos of their equine companions.
Participants are asked: “How have you helped a horse?” for a chance to win a sponsored prize.
Founded in 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Its mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”
While there are SPCAs and humane societies all over the country, the ASPCA is not directly affiliated with them. However, the ASPCA works nationally to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with many shelters across the country.