Habitat for Horses Receives ASPCA Grant
HOUSTON – There’s help for horses this week and a bit of relief for their owners during the record setting drought.
They’re getting a hay “bale out” from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The ASPCA announced today that a total of $250,000 is being granted to 24 equine welfare organizations and animal control agencies across Texas and Oklahoma.
One of the groups benefiting is Habitat for Horses in Galveston County.
All of the 120 horses on the ranch have at one time or another been neglected and starved until Habitat for Horses rescued them.
“This is what we do, what we’ve been doing for the past 14 years, bringing horses in and making them healthy,” said Jerry Finch, the group’s founder.
Finch’s list of needs has never been longer. At the top is the most basic one of all, hay.
“Everybody’s out,” said Finch.
Widespread wildfires and drought have created the perfect storm to deplete the hay supply. The 30 acre ranch in Galveston County used to be a sea of green. Now the horses have only a few remaining blades of grass.
“No grass is stressful for them. They have nothing to do,” said Vicky Crisp.
The ranch is spending everything it has on hay, the price of which as nearly tripled.
“A round bale like this used to be $50. Right now it’s about $120 or $125,” said Finch.
This week Finch learned he’ll be getting a hay “bale out” from the ASPCA. He’ll use the money to buy hay for his horses and others in the area. Finch says more and more owners are dumping horses because they can’t afford to take care of them.
“One of the things we want to do is try to establish a program to help horse owners keep their horses in the home,” said Finch.
He fears the grant money won’t last long and come winter his ranch will be in a desperate situation unless more donations come in.
If you’d like to get involved visit habitatforhorses.org