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April 26 is Help a Horse Day

April 26 is Help a Horse Day
April 26 is Help a Horse Day
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Each year, thousands of horses, donkeys, mules and ponies find themselves homeless. April 26, 2014 is the second annual Help a Horse Day, dedicated to equines and the rescues and volunteer groups who work long hours to help care for these animals.

While it is always good to support your local horse rescue or sanctuary in the fight to end cruelty and neglect, if you can, attend an event on April 26!

Click here to locate a group that has scheduled an event near you; ASPCA has provided a list of events by state. More than 80 groups will be hosting events across 32 states on April 26.

Even if there are no events in your area, you can still do a search for a local horse rescue or welfare group, and send a donation or drop off items on their wish list, such as new or used equestrian items, grain or hay. Volunteers may be needed to help with the horses. Or even foster one.

Horses available for adoption can be found on Petfinder.

Supporting a horse rescue on April 26 can also put them in the running to receive grant funds. The ASPCA Equine Fund is running a Help a Horse Day Celebration Contest. According to the ASPCA, they will “award $10,000 grants to the top five equine organizations whose events inspire the most community engagement and support.”

In 2013 the ASPCA provided more than $1.4 million to equine groups in 43 states.

Some rescues/sanctuaries for horses in Ohio are: Wild Horse Rescue, Inc., Last Chance Corral, Angels Haven Horse Rescue, Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, Inc., and the Ohio SPCA Farm Sanctuary. Click on their names for more information.

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