April 26 is Help a Horse Day, developed by the ASPCA in honor of its founder, Henry Bergh, prompting the first arrest for horse mistreatment on this day in 1866. Since then, horses have been at the core of the ASPCA’s mission of helping animals. For the last five years, they’ve taken the opportunity to host a national grant competition for horse rescues around the country. It’s an unfortunate truth that thousands of horses are at risk of homelessness or neglect, but these incredible organizations and the individuals behind them continue to make a difference by saving and rehoming these amazing animals.
Now that we’ve tugged at your heart strings, here are a few ways you can help a horse today or any day:
Whether it’s to the ASPCA itself or you find a horse rescue you admire, a monetary donation is one of the most direct and useful ways to help them help horses.
Find a stable or rescue in your area and volunteer your time any way you can; sure, you may be cleaning manure but we guarantee you’ll walk away feeling really good about being so selfless. You may even find your new favorite hobby!
Providing supplies to a rescue is also a great way to donate and help; whether it’s blankets, grooming supplies, cleaning products, or even new buckets for water, for an organization that runs on people’s kindness and generosity it makes a difference.
Spread the Word.
You never know who’ll know someone who knows someone who LOVES horses and has time or money to give – just talking about the awareness holiday and how others can help really can make a difference.
Facebook Q&A: Are you a horse lover or owner? What are some of the best ways you think people that are new to the horse realm can help?