ASPCA Help a Horse Day: Finding Good Homes for Horses

ASPCA Help a Horse Day is celebrated annually on April 26 – a date chosen for its significance to the ASPCA’s long history of horse protection. In 1866, ASPCA founder Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for horse mistreatment on April 26 of that year. The protection of horses has been a core part of the ASPCA’s life-saving efforts ever since. Each year, we host a national grant competition in honor of Help a Horse Day to elevate the work of equine rescues who help at-risk horses who’ve been abused, neglected or find themselves homeless. This year, we’re celebrating our fifth annual Help a Horse Day with a nationwide, two-month contest aimed at finding good homes for horses.
 

Why Do Horses Need Our Help?

Thousands upon thousands of horses across the country are at risk of homelessness and poor welfare. Equine rescues and shelters work tirelessly to house and care for many of these horses but they need help to sustain their life-saving programs and find new homes for the horses in their care. When a horse is adopted, it means more horses can be helped by these groups.

The good news is that studies indicate there are many homes available for at-risk horses. ASPCA research suggests there could be at least 2.3 million adults in the U.S. with the resources and desire to adopt a horse in need. Our Help a Horse Day competition will encourage horse rescue and welfare groups to find new homes for horses and commit to helping horses get adopted.
 

Announcing This Year's Winners!

The ASPCA awarded 23 grant prizes, totaling $116,500, to the winners of Help a Horse Day 2018, in recognition of their efforts to find homes for horses during the contest. Groups were judged on the number of adoptions and adoption commitments they secured, the amount of funds they raised during the contest period, the best overall adoption campaign, and most compelling adoption video. The contestants were separated into three divisions based on budget, capacity and number of adoptions they achieved last year.

 
Division 1

 
Grand Prize

Horse Plus Humane, TN
horseplushumanesociety.org
 

2nd Place
Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center, CO
harmonyequinecenter.org
 

Runner-Up
Humane Society of North Texas, TX
hsnt.org
 

Runner-Up
Missouri Forget Me Not Horse Rescue & Sanctuary, MO
missouriforgetmenot.org
 

Runner-Up
New Vocation Racehorse Adoption Program, OH
horseadoption.com

 

Division 2

 
Grand Prize

This Old Horse, MN
thisoldhorse.org
 

2nd Place
Hidden Pond Farm Equine Rescue, NH
hiddenpondequinerescue.org
 

Runner-Up
Horse and Hound Rescue Foundation, OK
horseandhoundrescue.com
 

Runner-Up
Nexus Equine, OK
nexusequine.org
 

Runner-Up
Pony Tales Refuge & Rehab, WI
ponytaleswi.org
 

 
Division 3

 
Grand Prize

The Santana Center for Equine Education and Outreach, RI
thesantanacenter.org
 

2nd Place
Hickory Hill Farm, TN
hickoryhillfarmtn.org
 

Runner-Up
D-S Rescue, AZ
d-srescue.com
 

Runner-Up
Freedom Hill Horse Rescue, MD
freedomhillhorserescue.com
 

Runner-Up
Southeast Equine Rescue, AL
southeastequinerescue.com
 

 
Other Prizes

 
Best Campaign

Hickory Hill Farm, TN
hickoryhillfarmtn.org

 
Best Campaign Runner-Up

Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, TX
bluebonnetequine.org

 
Best Campaign Runner-Up

Days End Farm, MD
defhr.org

 
Best Video

Colorado Horse Rescue, CO
chr.org
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Best Video Runner-Up

Days End Farm, MD
defhr.org
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Best Video Runner-Up

Humane Society of Greater Rochester aka Lollypop Farm, NY
lollypop.org
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Best Video Runner-Up

This Old Horse, MN
thisoldhorse.org
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Best Video Runner-Up

Hickory Hill Farm, TN
hickoryhillfarmtn.org
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