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ASPCA Provides $250,000 for Hay in Equine "Bale-Out" Across 19 States in Response to Vast Shortages Nationwide

Program assists groups in purchasing much needed hay for at-risk horses
November 19, 2012

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that a total of $250,000 is being granted to 53 equine welfare organizations and animal control agencies across 19 states as part of its Equine 'Hay Bale-Out' grant program. The funds will provide relief for horses impacted by the high cost and low supply of hay in these drought-stricken states.

Soaring temperatures, widespread drought, wildfires and export to Asian markets have depleted the supply of hay, creating a desperate need among equine caretakers. The cost of hay has been driven upward at an alarming rate, as the supply and quality of hay dwindles, with bales of hay costing up to $25 in some regions.

"The ASPCA knows of the devastating hardships that the equine community is facing this year due to the immense shortages and skyrocketing costs of hay," said Jacques Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. "Our Hay Bale-Out program provides the dedicated equine caretakers with the funds needed to properly care for their animals, and we are thankful that we are able to assist those who are struggling to feed their horses and donkeys."

"This past season has seen hay production merely a third of normal production due to persevering drought conditions," said Diane Zook, president of the Beartooth Humane Alliance of Montana, one of the groups receiving a grant through the ASPCA's Hay Bale-Out program. "We predict the low inventory and high costs of hay will make this an exceptionally challenging winter for families already struggling to feed their horses. This gift will allow us to proactively help qualifying families feed their horses before starvation or abandonment occurs."

In 2011, the ASPCA Equine Fund awarded nearly $1.5 million in grant funding to 165 non-profit equine welfare organizations in 38 states whose focus and expertise is concentrated on reducing the suffering of equines who have lost their homes or been cruelly treated. The ASPCA Equine Fund grants program seeks to award equine organizations who strive to achieve best practices, including sound horse care, maintenance of updated websites and robust fundraising practices.

To learn more about the ASPCA Equine Fund, visit www.aspcapro.org.

The recipients of funds from the ASPCA's recent Hay Bale-Out include the following:

All About Equine Animal Rescue, California
Alliance Equine Rescue and Youth Educational Development Foundation, California
Amerequine Beauty, California
Angel Acres Horse Haven Rescue, Pennsylvania
Angels Havens Horse Rescue, Ohio
Animal Angels, Texas
Arizona Equine Rescue Organization, Arizona
Beartooth Humane Alliance, Montana
Beauty’s Haven Farm & Equine Rescue, Florida
Blue Rose Ranch Inc., Colorado
Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, Texas
Charlotte & Arthur Romero Wildlife Foundation, Colorado
Dreamchasers PMU Rescue and Rehabilitation, Arizona
Equine Outreach, Oregon
Equine Rescue Center & Sanctuary, California
Give Me a Chance Equine Rescue, Arkansas
Healing Hearts With Horses, Iowa
Heaven Can Wait, California
Home At Last Sanctuary, California
Horse Harbor Foundation, Washington
Horse Play, Rhode Island
HorseNet, Maryland
Horses Of Tir Na Nog, California
Humane Society of Huron Valley, Michigan
Humane Society of Missouri, Missouri
Humanity For Horses, California
Journeys End Ranch Animal Sanctuary, Arizona

Lifesavers, California
Linn County Animal Rescue, Oregon
Longhopes Donkey Shelter, Colorado
Meadow Haven Horse Rescue, Texas
Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement, Connecticut
Monero Mustangs, New Mexico
Neigh Savers Foundation, California
Paco’s Pantry, California
Reigning Grace Ranch, Arizona
Reilly’s Ranch-Horse Rescue and Rehab, Texas
Ruby Ranch Horse Rescue, Colorado
Sammie’s Friends, California
Saving Horses, California
Second Chance Ranch, Washington
Serenity Acres, New Mexico
Spirit Acres, Texas
Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, South Dakota
Spring Creek Horse Rescue, Colorado
The Brighter Days Horse Refuge, Texas
The Florida Research Institute for Equine Nurturing Devel & Saf, Florida
The Golden Carrot, California
The Whispering Hope Ranch Foundation, Arizona
True Blue Animal Rescue, Texas
United Pegasus Foundation, California
Wild for Life Foundation, California
Wyandot County Equine Rescue, Ohio