The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has awarded $290,000 to 14 American equine rescue organizations as part of the ASPCA Million Dollar Rescuing Racers Initiative. The initiative, now in its third year, will use the grant to assist in their rescue and rehabilitation of retired racehorses destined for slaughter, while redirecting the animals towards other useful purposes.
“Too often, thoroughbreds end up at livestock auctions—or worse, are sent to slaughterhouses—when their racing days are over,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “While some grants will help those horses being cared for in sanctuaries, we focused on placement programs that can accommodate more retirees in the long-run,” said Schultz.
Those groups chosen to receive grant money under this project were awarded between $5,000 and $35,000 for the purpose of increasing rescue capacity, equine training, and rehabilitation-related costs and boarding for the horses who are rescued. In 2011, the ASPCA Equine Fund presented close to $1.5 million in funding to 165 non-profit organizations focused on equine welfare, with a concentration on the reduction of suffering faced by these animals following a loss of home or cruel treatment.
The ASPCA works to protect both domestic and wild horses through grants, as well as legislation, and advocacy.
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