Max, a former champion living in Arizona, was healthy and happy before his owner was forced to give him up.
As the deadly snow storms that have already hit the Great Plains illustrate, winter is coming. It won't be long before much of the country is buried under a blanket of white.
This is the time of year equine rescues, sanctuaries, and community hay banks serving needy horse owners stock up on hay for the entire winter. The ASPCA assists these groups through grants made possible by our members’ compassion and generosity, ensuring that horses don't suffer and starve.
One such group is the Arizona Coalition for Equines (ACE), which received a $3,000 grant from the ASPCA in November 2012. These are just a few of the lives ACE was able to touch with that funding:
Slammed by foreclosure on her home and forced to move after the death of her mother, a woman living on disability ran out of money to feed her two horses. She turned to ACE for a helping hand, saying she would rather feed her horses than herself. ACE responded with a month’s worth of hay and settled her unpaid feed bill, giving her time to get back on her feet. Her horses remain in excellent condition.
A disabled veteran on a fixed income asked ACE for help when his horse became unable to walk. Sometimes feeding his horses before himself, he was desperate to get veterinary care but unable to pay the upfront costs. With ACE assistance, a veterinarian did a complete examination and diagnosed thrush, a front hoof abscess and a possible pelvic injury. Treatment provided immediate relief.
The greatest success story belongs to Max, a 30-year-old former champion show horse (pictured) who had been owner-released to a commercial stable due to financial hardship. His former owner was devastated when he went to visit Max months later and found him close to death—he had been left to starve. The man reached out to ACE, which rescued Max and covered the cost of his foster care until a new forever home was found.
Great news! We’re excited to announce that the ASPCA has teamed up with Best Friends Animal Society to help save more shelter animals’ lives in Los Angeles this holiday season.
The ASPCA has pledged $70,000 and Best Friends has contributed $50,000 to offset Los Angeles shelter costs including vaccinations, micro-chipping and spay/neuter procedures through the end of 2013. As a result, these animal welfare groups will have increased capacity to bring in, care for and adopt out animals from overcrowded city shelters.
Our contribution will cover fees for LA Animal Services’ New Hope Partners, qualified 501(c)(3) organizations that meet a basic set of standards set by the City of Los Angeles Animal Services. Best Friends will cover fees for those New Hope Partners that are also partners in the No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) Coalition, a Best Friends’ initiative launched in 2012.
It is our goal to help find forever homes for many more cats and dogs in Los Angeles in the coming months, and we’re excited to be a part of this innovative collaboration.
When Benny’s pet parent brought him to Blue Pearl, a New York City veterinary clinic that provides overnight emergency animal care, he was in rough shape. This poor Brooklyn pup had serious injuries, and it seemed likely he had been hit by a car. The owners were going through a difficult time financially and could not afford the cost of the emergency care. They were heartbroken and appealed to Blue Pearl for assistance. Blue Pearl was able to provide subsidized care for Benny overnight, and called the ASPCA in the morning to see if we could help cover the rest of Benny’s medical needs.
With the help of the ASPCA Partners in Caring (PIC) grant, a program that assists low-income pet owners with emergency medical care by providing grants directly to veterinary clinic partners, we were able to provide Benny with the attention he so desperately needed. This brave pup pulled through, and is now recovering at home with his family. We’re so glad we were able to be there for Benny, and that his story has a happy ending.
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It was a heartbreaking sight. Equines left to fend for themselves—bone skinny, and braving harsh summer elements without access to food or water.
The ASPCA Equine Fund recently stepped in to provide an emergency grant of $13,000 to help provide care for 21 donkeys and five Arabian Mares who were abused and abandoned earlier this summer. To make matters more tragic, all five of the Arabian Mares and ten of the donkeys were pregnant, with one donkey actually birthing a foal during their rescue.
“Unfortunately, equine neglect and abuse is widespread in this country,” says Jacque Schultz, ASPCA Senior Director of Community Outreach. “Rescue groups are struggling with increasing calls for help and shrinking budgets. That’s where the ASPCA Equine Fund comes in.”
The funds granted by the ASPCA in this case will be used to rehabilitate the rescued equines and cover expenses for medical treatment, food, transport, and training.
“The ASPCA Equine Fund is vital when it comes to saving lives,” says Floss Blackburn, president of Denkai Animal Sanctuary, the organization that took the animals in. “Without their help, many equine organizations would not be able to fund such large rescue efforts.”
These organizations will put their grant funds to good use, utilizing them for purposes such as transport costs for 111 puppies or 37 adult dogs, a Rescue-Rehab-Rehome program that removes animals at risk of euthanasia from over-crowded shelters, and spay/neuter procedures for cats and dogs of low-income pet parents.