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Kentucky Humane Society Aims to Find Homes for Horses During ASPCA #HelpAHorse Contest
$110,000 available in #HelpAHorse prizes
The Kentucky Humane Society (KHS) is participating in the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) national #HelpAHorse Day contest, which kicked off on April 26, competing for a chance to win some of the $110,000 available in grant prizes. The competition is designed to raise awareness about the year-round lifesaving work that agencies do to find good homes for horses.
Starting on Help a Horse Day April 26 and continuing through June 30, KHS will compete with other equine groups to break down barriers to adopting and to see how many horses they can adopt out.
“Our goal is to highlight the incredible horses we have who are ready for adoption,” said Shara Wiesenauer, KHS Equine Director. “Kentuckians love horses, and we want to encourage people to make adoption their first option when acquiring a new equine companion.”
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.