San Diego County Horses Receive ASPCA Grant

The private estate of a local resident has left a large sum of money to the ASPCA to be awarded to the county's abandoned and neglected horses.

The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced the awarding of a $200,000 grant – to be distributed over the next two years – to the San Diego Equine Safety Net Coalition for support of San Diego County’s abandoned and neglected horses. The funds were made possible by the estate of Edith Hakes, a long-time resident of San Diego. An initial amount of $50,000 has been distributed.

"The ASPCA is determined to identify the diverse needs of the equine community and support those exemplary organizations that provide care and shelter for horses in need," said ASPCA Senior Director of Community Outreach Jacque Schultz. "San Diego Equine Safety Net Coalition has presented a strong model of collaboration that is needed to improve the lives of San Diego County’s horses; an example we hope will inspire similar partnerships across the country."

The San Diego Equine Safety Net Coalition includes: Blue Apple Ranch in Ramona, Calif., Horses of Tir Na Nog in Descanso, Calif., FalconRidge Equine Rescue in Valley Center, Calif., and Tijuana River Valley Rescue in Jamul, Calif., as well as equine veterinarians and representatives from local animal welfare organizations. Together, they provide support and consultation for the county’s horse guardians.

The grant will also provide funding for the development of a public Web site, which will offer guidance on topics such as breeding and end-of-life decisions and educate the community on responsible equine stewardship. In addition, the coalition, with the support of veterinary partners, will initiate an emergency voucher program to be offered to low-income county residents in need of veterinary assistance for emergency horse care.

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