April 5, 2008

At a time when hay prices are at a record high and many areas of the US have experienced record snowfalls, the ASPCA has donated $77,000 for the benefit of horses.

The grants are for the first quarter of 2008.

"The ASPCA has made a strong commitment to equine rescue and welfare efforts, and the ASPCA Equine Fund is a perfect example of that commitment," said ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres. "These grants are a way for us to show these organizations how much we value their tireless efforts. I hope the equine-loving public will continue to support the Fund as well, to enable us to continue making these grants."

The latest ASPCA Equine Fund grantees from the first quarter of 2008 include: Horse Haven of Knoxville, Tenn., which received a grant to pay for a tractor; South Jersey Thoroughbred Rescue of Medford, New Jersey, which received a grant to construct an indoor wash station; Ripley's Horse Aid Foundation of Sedro-Wooley, Wash., which received funds for Hay 4 Horses, their emergency assistance program for local horse owners who fall on hard times; and Orphan Acres of Viola, Idaho, which received an emergency grant for replacement hay after melting snows and rain made their winter stores unusable.

In addition, grants were given to: the Red Bluff Joint Union High School District of Red Bluff, Calif., which received funding for an equine rehabilitation program within their Future Farmers of America programs; Harmony Hill, Inc. of Schodack Landing, NY, which received a capital improvement grant for barn improvements; Equine Advocates of Chatham, N.Y., which received a grant for paddock fencing for their model equine sanctuary and education center; and the National Walking Horse Association, which received sponsorship of and scholarships for its 2008 Designated Qualified Person Clinic.

In addition, the Spartanburg Humane Society of Spartanburg, SC, received an emergency grant to help provide care for 16 seized horses; and Return to Freedom, the wild horse sanctuary near Lompoc, California, continues to receive funding from the ASPCA for its education and conservation programs.