Ford Raises $200,000 to Help Wild Horses

More than 26,000 wild horses and burros are currently housed in temporary Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding sites, and Ford Motor Company is offering $200,000 to eligible rescue groups to reduce that number.

In May 2005, Ford introduced the "Save the Mustangs" fund with the help of the BLM and Take Pride America (www.takepride.gov), and in less than a year the fund generated more than $200,000 to assist qualified rescue groups purchasing aged horses ($100 for each horse over the age of 10) from the BLM. Additionally, Ford has provided support for 2,000 wild horses and established an educational web site (www.savethemustang.org).

Ford's wild horse involvement began when an Oklahoma man posing as a preacher purchased 52 older wild horses offering to give them permanent homes. The horses were later sold to slaughter. Ford intervened and bought the 52 horses from the plant.

To qualify for assistance, groups must verify their non-profit status and demonstrate that they are willing to provide long-term care for the animals. For more information visit www.blm.gov; for adoption information see www.wildhorseandburro.blm.gov.

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Chad Mendell

Chad Mendell is the former Managing Editor for TheHorse.com .

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