Horses of Tir Na Nog is thrilled to announce that it was one of eleven winners of the third annual ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) Help a Horse Day contest. Help a Horse Day is a nationwide grant competition for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the year-round work they do to save and care for at-risk horses. Horses of Tir Na Nog received $5,000 to support their ongoing efforts to protect horses.
“The timing of this grant was fortuitous,” explains Amy Pat Rigney, Horses of Tir Na Nog administrator. “Help a Horse Day is a great opportunity for us to remind San Diegans of the ongoing need to care for horses rescued by Animal Services. This year’s grant will immediately provide $1,000 towards the care of each of the five new horses. These five horses are really the 2016 ASPCA Help a Horse Day winners.”
The County Department of Animal Services removed fifteen horses from a property in Ramona between May 29 and June 2. In addition to being underweight, many of the horses had severe hoof issues. While most of the horses were able to recover and are now available for adoption, local rescues were contacted to take several that were over twenty years old and/or needing specialized care. Five of the horses were placed in the care of Horses of Tir Na Nog.
“Our ability to help these five horses is what Help a Horse Day is all about. We cannot thank the ASPCA and San Diegans enough for their ongoing support. It was the support shown by San Diegans for Help a Horse Day that allowed us to win this grant. While we still need to raise additional funds to provide life-long care for these five horses, this grant is a great starting point,” said Rigney.
Horses of Tir Na Nog is the longest-operating equine sanctuary in San Diego County and is currently caring for over fifty equines. Horses of Tir Na Nog is an adoption partner with County of San Diego Department of Animal Services and works in compliance with American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Rescue and Retirement Guidelines. Horses of Tir Na Nog is a community-supported equine sanctuary that offers a safe-haven to horses with few options remaining, thereby ensuring them a better quality of life.