Help a Horse Home Challenge will award $150,000 in grant prizes to equine organizations across the country; Free ASPCA webinar on Jan. 23 kicks off national initiative
The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is kicking off its annual Help a Horse Home: ASPCA Equine Adoption Challenge with a free webinar for equine organizations to learn how they can compete to win some of the $150,000 available in prize money.
In 2018, equine organizations adopted out more than 1,000 horses during the two-month Help a Horse contest period, proving they have what it takes to find more homes for horses. To build on this success, the 2019 challenge has been reimagined and renamed – Help a Horse Home: The ASPCA Equine Adoption Challenge – to help save even more lives. Any U.S.-based 501(c)(3) organization or governmental agency capable of receiving grant funds and fulfilling an animal welfare or protection mission that adopts out horses or other equines is eligible to participate.
WHAT: Free ASPCA webinar, Help a Horse Home: The ASPCA Equine Adoption Challenge Kickoff Webinar
WHO: Presented by Emily Weiss, Ph.D. CAAB, Vice President of Equine Welfare, ASPCA
WHEN: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 3:00pm – 4:00pm (EST)
ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND: According to research conducted by the ASPCA, there are an estimated 2.3 million individuals in the U.S. with a strong interest and the capacity to adopt a horse. Connecting those people with horses in need is the aim of this year’s Help a Horse Home: ASPCA Equine Adoption Challenge with $150,000 in grant funding available to equine rescues, shelters and sanctuaries who secure the biggest increase in adoptions compared to the previous year.
The Help a Horse Home Challenge kicks off 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. Each year, the ASPCA hosts a national grant competition to elevate the work of equine rescues that help at-risk horses who’ve been abused, neglected or find themselves homeless.
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