Nationwide –More than 170 equine organizations from 41 states and Puerto Rico are participating in the nationwide Help a Horse HomeSM: ASPCA Equine Adoption Challenge. The competition for equine rescues, shelters, and sanctuaries is designed to increase adoptions of equines around the country.
Three Nevada-based equine organizations are participating. They are:
- Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund, Reno
- Desert Pines Ranch Horses, Golden Valley
- LBL Equine Rescue, Silver Springs
This year’s challenge has been expanded to include one grand prize, eight divisional prizes, and three social media prizes, totaling $150,000. Contestants will be placed into one of four divisions based on the number of adoptions they completed during the challenge period last year and for all of 2018.
In 2018, equine organizations adopted out more than 1,000 horses during the two-month Help a Horse contest period, proving that there are more homes out there for horses. To build on the success of the 2018 contest, the 2019 challenge has been reimagined and renamed— Help a Horse HomeSM: The ASPCA Equine Adoption Challenge with $150,000 in grant funding available to equine rescues, shelters and sanctuaries who secure the biggest increase in adoptions compared to the previous year. Any U.S.-based 501(c)(3) organization or governmental agency capable of receiving grant funds and fulfilling an animal welfare or protection mission that adopts out horses or other equines is eligible to participate.
The Help a Horse Home ChallengeSM kicks off on April 26—a date chosen for its significance to 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. Each year, the ASPCA hosts a national grant competition to elevate the work of equine rescues that help at-risk horses who’ve been abused, neglected or find themselves homeless.
For more information about the ASPCA Help a Horse Home ChallengeSM, please visit www.aspcapro.org/hahh.