ASPCA Grants More Than $1 Million to Equine Groups in 2010

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) announced on Feb. 4 that it awarded $1,055,400 in the form of 93 grants to support equine rescue groups in 32 states in 2010.

"Thanks to the continued public support of the ASPCA Equine Fund, we were able to award the most funding we've ever granted in a single year in 2010," said Jacque Schultz, senior director of community outreach for the ASPCA. "We intend to continue our strong commitment to equine rescue and welfare efforts in 2011."

More than 32% of the grants awarded to equine groups in 2010 will be used to complete various capital improvements so the rescue groups can safely care for more horses. Another 23% of the grants awarded helped provide groups with emergency supplies of hay. An additional 17% went toward helping groups provide care for the horses apprehended in seizures of 12 horses or more.

The ASPCA also launched the Million Dollar Rescuing Racers Initiative in 2010, the first year of a three-year drive to help retired racehorses. Six organizations received initial disbursements from the ASPCA to enable them to expand their programs and make facility improvements, all in an effort to care for more retired racehorses.

The San Diego Equine Safety Net Coalition also was formed in 2010 and has helped more than 200 horses through veterinary vouchers, a community hay bank, and rehoming facilitation. The ASPCA also completed its three-year commitment to Return to Freedom, enabling the wild horse sanctuary to provide the highest standards of care to its equine residents.

The ASPCA Equine Fund provides grants to nonprofit equine welfare organizations in the United States for purposes in alignment with efforts to protect horses. The ASPCA Equine Fund grants program seeks to award equine organizations that strive to achieve best practices, including maintenance of updated websites and robust fundraising practices. To learn more about the ASPCA Equine Fund and 2010 grantees, visit

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