ASPCA Hay Bale-Out helps horse rescues through drought


Horses at the roundbale
With drought reports stretching across more than 65 percent of the country, equine welfare organizations are scrambling to secure winter hay for the rescues in their care or for the hay bank programs they run for at-risk horses, mules, donkeys, and ponies in their communities. The ASPCA Equine Fund is once again offering financial support to help keep equines alive and the groups that care for them afloat.

Groups that meet the following requirements are invited to apply for an emergency hay/feed financial relief grant:

  • Are a United States-based 501(c)(3) equine rescue, sanctuary or animal welfare organization, or municipal/government agency, currently caring for 12 or more equine
  • Have not received an ASPCA emergency feed/hay grant within the last 6 months
  • Are in good standing with the ASPCA Equine Fund (All required grant reporting is up-to-date)
  • Preference will be given to organizations that operate in a drought-impacted area of the country

Eligible organizations will be considered for up to $5,000 in funding if they currently care for 12-49 equine and up to $10,000 if they care for 50 or more equine. Funds are to be used to provide food for the equines within the organization or to offer feed support to those at-risk horses in the community via a hay bank-type program.

Online applications for the Hay Bale-Out Emergency Grant are accessible at /redirect.php?

Applications will be accepted until Nov. 9, 2012, or until funding is depleted. Direct all questions to Jacque Schultz, Senior Director, the ASPCA Equine Fund,


  1. This is wonderful but too bad a not so legitimate rescue was awarded a bale out. They breed the horses that are donated to them, try to adopt out the horses they bred as rescues and they feed their own personal horses the same hay.


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