America's horses continue to be confronted with a disturbing reality. Over 65,000 horses were transported across our borders for slaughter in 2019. Tens of thousands more are abused, neglected and in need of rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing each year.
With so many people facing hardships, our fear is that many more of our four-legged equine friends may be subjected to abuse and neglect and the number of horses heading to the slaughter pipeline will increase.
For horses to remain an important part of American life and have a viable future, the EQUUS Foundation is committed to ensuring that donor dollars are being spent on programs with the greatest impact – programs that not only increase adoptions of at-risk horses and provide a safe haven for aged horses, but also increase opportunities for all people to engage and partner with horses in new, innovative ways.
At the heart of the EQUUS Foundation's mission is the EQUUS Foundation Guardians program. EQUUS Foundation Guardian charities undergo a rigorous vetting process annually to demonstrate that they are committed to the highest standards for horse care and are transparent and accountable by making their horse care practices and operations available to public scrutiny. Only EQUUS Foundation Guardian charities are eligible to receive financial support from the EQUUS Foundation. View our Guardian charities here.
On May 19, the EQUUS Foundation was issued a challenge! An anonymous donor inspired us to raise $25,000 between May 19 and June 30 to receive a $25,000 matching donation to help feed and care for the horses of EQUUS Foundation Guardian charities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are thrilled to report that we exceeded our goal -- thanks to the individuals and organizations who stepped up during this difficult time. It is our honor to recognize these donors on our website here.
It took just 43 days to be able to award $60,500 in grants to 121 EQUUS Foundation Guardian charities representing 2,665 equines.
We continue to be inspired by what can be accomplished when we work together!