Horses are extremely intelligent, sensitive animals and true American icons. They have been central to the ASPCA’s work since our founding 147 years ago, when Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse on April 26, 1866. Today, the ASPCA continues to assist domesticated and wild horses through legislation, advocacy, rescue and targeted grants.
Not everyone is aware of the challenges facing racehorses once their careers on the track are over, nor are many aware of the inhumane practice of horse slaughter. You can help expand awareness by celebrating National Help A Horse Day and being a voice for horses! Please join us in celebrating our nation’s horses by observing National Help A Horse Day on April 26 and supporting the ASPCA or your local horse rescue in the fight to end equine cruelty and neglect.