Saturday marks the 2nd annual National Help a Horse Day. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals assigned April 26 to this national day in 2013, because according to Rescue Me magazine on April 26, 1866 ASPCA founder, Henry Bergh, prohibited a cart driver from beating his horse. This was the first successful arrest for the maltreatment of a horse.
Each year thousands of equine animals are left homeless. There are many ways to help homeless horses, mules and donkeys including:
- Supporting legislation that protects and preserves populations and equine living standards.
- Adopt a horse and/or add a second horse to your family.
- Educate people about the turmoil some horses are subjected to.
- Volunteer your time to a local horse rescue.
- Report equine cruelty
If you would like to get involved in the 2014 National Help a Horse Day check out this link to find a horse rescue in your area participating in this event.