Monday, April 21, 2014

Contact: Phil Carter, Equine Campaign Manager
(505) 967-5297;
Victoria Kanof, Equine Development Officer
(575) 405-8567;






STATEWIDE- The Equine Protection Fund ( is showcasing the accomplishments of its four-year history—including appreciative past clients of our humane assistance programs for horses, donkeys, and mules—and demonstrating new ways to support horse welfare in anticipation of Saturday’s (April 26) national “Help a Horse Day” and the Equine Protection Fund’s fourth anniversary of service in early May 2014.

As of the week of April 21st, the Equine Protection Fund has given 536 New Mexican horses, donkeys, and mules assistance and relief from suffering through programs including emergency feed assistance (temporary hay subsidies for horse owners), gelding assistance (fertility control for stallions and colts), humane euthanasia support to relieve suffering animals, and other forms of veterinary assistance for individuals and agencies.

“Since 2010, we’ve demonstrated to New Mexico and the U.S. that statewide horse care and assistance is feasible,” said Phil Carter, Equine Campaign Manager for Animal Protection of New Mexico ( “Programs such as these are a vital component of the overall state and national humane network for animals.”

Saturday’s “Help a Horse Day” ( is a national day of recognition for individuals and organizations working toward equine welfare. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has sponsored the annual celebration beginning last year, basing it on an unofficial tradition of honoring horses once a year beginning in the 19th Century. ASPCA is also a major contributor to New Mexico Equine Protection Fund’s programs.

The Equine Protection Fund is solely funded through private contributions. This year, through a generous donor, the Equine Fund has introduced two new challenge grants, each with dollar-for-dollar matching on all donations up to $50,000. The Help Our Horses Now grant will provide immediate care for horses through existing Equine Fund programs, and the Help Our Horses Into The Future will contribute toward long-term sustainability of program services and development of new welfare and assistance programs. With a final combined total of $200,000 or more, these fundraising efforts could provide life-saving assistance to over 1,200 animals based on current Equine Fund program averages.

“Less than $100 will feed a hungry horse for a month,” said Victoria Kanof, Equine Development Officer for APNM. “These challenge grants provide New Mexico’s caring citizens with new and effective ways to directly help needy horses and to promote comprehensive animal welfare in our state.”

Individuals looking for more information on the Equine Protection Fund and the 2014 challenge grants are encouraged to visit or call 505-265-2322.