EQUINE PROTECTION FUND PASSES MILESTONE OF 200 EQUINES ASSISTED;
FUND CONTINUES TO ADDRESS HORSE SUFFERING STATEWIDE
The New Mexico Equine Protection Fund (Equine Fund) is proud to announce 200 equines assisted across New Mexico as of June 15th of this year. The 200 horses, donkeys, and mules have been given relief in a variety of ways via the Equine Fund’s humane assistance programs, the first such efforts available statewide.
“In the three year history of the Equine Fund, we’ve worked to create the start of a more comprehensive safety net for horses similar to what has been available for dogs and cats for decades,” said Phil Carter, Equine Campaign Manager for Animal Protection of New Mexico, which administers the Equine Fund in partnership with New Mexico Community Foundation. Said Carter: “What the Fund has accomplished speaks to the dedication of our donors and volunteers working for humane horsemanship in New Mexico.”
The announcement comes not long after the 2nd anniversary of the Equine Fund’s flagship program, Emergency Feed Assistance. Under this program, qualifying individuals facing temporary financial difficulty receive up to two months of horse feed for up to four equines. The majority of the 200 animals assisted by the Equine Fund to date are recipients of Emergency Feed Assistance. The Fund is also addressing needless suffering of equines via its programs Trail’s End, which offers financial assistance for humane euthanasia, and the Law Enforcement Veterinary Care Agreement, which provides funding for veterinary work to help seized or relinquished equines.
The Equine Fund also offers proactive measures to improve care of equines statewide through financial assistance to sterilize stallions and colts via the Gelding Assistance program, and the production and distribution of the Equine Care Guide, a bilingual informational brochure for responsible stewardship of horses, donkeys, and mules.
Upon reaching the 200-equine milestone, the Equine Fund had spent $34,035 among its subsidized programs, an average of $170 per animal. The Fund is supported in large part by individual contributions to its account at New Mexico Community Foundation (NMCF). Said Jenny Parks, President of NMCF: “The Equine Protection Fund is one of the most direct ways you can help horses in our state from suffering neglect and malnourishment. We’re proud to have this fund and pleased that donors’ generosity has helped 200 horses live better lives in New Mexico.”