Horses are extremely intelligent, sensitive animals and true American icons. They have been central to the ASPCA’s work since our founding 148 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.
Thousands of horses, donkeys, mules and other equine find themselves homeless each year through no fault of their own. Hundreds of rescues, many of them all-volunteer groups, toil long hours every day of the year to care for these at-risk animals. On Help a Horse Day 2014, more than 80 equine rescue groups held events across 32 states in conjunction with our Help a Horse Day Celebration Contest. Contestants were judged on the creativity of their events, as well as their success engaging their local communities.
Five winning rescue groups received $10,000 in ASPCA grant funding to support their ongoing work for horses in need: Begin Again Horse Rescue of Lima, New York, EARTHEART of Southern California, Equine Outreach of Bend, Oregon, Mylestone Equine Rescue of Phillipsburg, New Jersey and STAR Ranch of Waynesville, North Carolina.
Check out our slideshow below of photos from the winning groups’ Help a Horse Day events: