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The ASPCA Equine Fund

 ASPCA Equine Fund (AEF) offers lifesaving resources for equine rescues and sanctuaries. Through a combination of financial help, in-person and online training, and sharing of best practices, AEF works to improve the health and welfare of those saving the nation’s horses.

ASPCA Equine Fund

Financial Help

The AEF provides grants to organizations across the country that work to reduce the suffering of equines at risk of hunger, homelessness and cruel slaughterhouse deaths. Additional funds are provided to humane organizations facing large-scale equine cruelty cases and natural disasters.

In 2013 the ASPCA provided more than $1.4 million to equine groups in 43 states. Grants are earmarked for programs focused on reducing suffering of horses, mules, donkeys, ponies and minis.

Read the general guidelines to see if your organization is eligible, and then learn about the grant application and approval process. ASPCA Grants Director Adam Liebling provides tips for first-time grant-seekers, and AEF Senior Director and equine grants officer Jacque Schultz shares how following through with grant requirements can set you up for success.

Looking for ways to conduct a successful capital campaign no matter what your size, resources or timeline? Read how Denkai Animal Sanctuary raised $115,000 in just six weeks.

The Rescuing Racers Initiative, initially made possible by an anonymous donor, aids in the rescue of retired racehorses of all breeds. Instead of facing slaughter, more of these horses are rehabilitated and given a new lease on life.

In times of drought and devastating hay prices, the ASPCA has offered hay bale-outs.  In 2011, the bale-out focused on Texas and Oklahoma. In 2012, the hay bale-out reached out to any part of the country where a square bale of hay cost more than eight dollars.

All special grant programs are announced in the e-newsletter, Nickerings. Subscribe to get all the latest news from the ASPCA Equine Fund.


2014 workshops are planned across the country. Find out when we’ll be near you.
Watch webinars on topics of interest to equine professionals:

We enjoy conducting site visits across the country so we can follow up on grant requests – or just get to know equine professionals and their organizations. Click here to find out more
The AEF publishes the Nickerings e-newsletter with information on fundraising, model programs and best practices in equine rescue and rehabilitation.

Other Resources

The AEF cooperates with other equine resources that can also provide support and information. The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries works at an international level to help equine rescues and sanctuaries improve animal care, obtain funding and connect with the larger animal protection community. The Homes for Horses Coalition is a collective of professionals working together to advance equine protection by promoting growth and professionalism in the equine protection community.

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