Heart of Phoenix Equine Rescue Aims to Find Homes for Horses During ASPCA Help A Horse Day Contest
HOP is competing to win some of the $110,000 available in #HelpAHorse prizes
Throughout Appalachia, Heart of Phoenix will be participating in the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) national Help A Horse Day contest, which kicks off on April 26, competing for a chance to win some of the $110,000 available in grant prizes. The nationwide competition for rescues, shelters, animal control agencies and sanctuaries that adopt out equines is designed to raise awareness about the year-round lifesaving work they do to find homes for horses. As a participating group, we will be working hard to showcase adoptable horses within our organization and beyond!
Help a Horse Day is celebrated annually on April 26 – a date chosen for its significance in 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. Now in its fifth year, Help a Horse Day has been a meaningful way for hundreds of equine rescues and sanctuaries to garner community support for their lifesaving work. Since 2014, the ASPCA has awarded equine groups more than $300,000 in grant funding through the Help a Horse Day contest.
Motivated by the results of ASPCA equine research suggesting there could be approximately 2.3 million adults in the U.S. with both the resources and desire to adopt a horse in need, Help a Horse Day 2018 is focused on finding more good homes for horses..
“Heart of Phoenix is on a mission to increase equine adoptions,” said Tinia Creamer, the organization’s founder and president.
In addition to hosting clinicians to increase the adoptability of horses within HOP, the rescue is launching the second year of the Appalachian Trainer Face Off. Over 20 horses go through 100 days of intensive, quality training to compete in August and ultimately become highly adoptable horses!
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