ASPCA Grants $5,000 to the Willamette Humane Society

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced a grant of $5,000 to the Willamette Humane Society in Salem, Ore. The grant funding will be used by the group to provide neglected and abused equines with hay and medical care while they are in protective custody.

“Many equine rescues and humane societies that care for horses have been hit hard by the economy and are struggling to keep up with rising hay prices,” said Julie Morris, ASPCA Senior Vice President of Community Outreach. “The ASPCA Equine Fund and Emergency Hay Support grant programs allow Willamette Humane Society and others involved in equine rescue to continue their invaluable support, re-homing equines who are the victims of animal cruelty.”

The ASPCA Equine Fund is devoted to promoting humane care and respect for horses, and provides grants to non-profit equine welfare organizations in the United States. The ASPCA Emergency Hay Support grant program provides feed for rescue groups and humane organizations. Over the last two years, the ASPCA has awarded over one million dollars in grants to equine groups across the country.

In 2009, the ASPCA has provided grant funding to several equine rescue groups in Oregon including: Equine Outreach, Inc. (Bend, Ore.); Linn County Animal Rescue (Lebanon, Ore.); and Hytyme Equine Rescue (Eagle Creek, Ore.).

For more information on the ASPCA’s equine programs, please visit

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first humane organization established in the Americas, and today has more than one million supporters throughout North America. A 501 [c][3] not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. The ASPCA provides local and national leadership in animal-assisted therapy, animal behavior, animal poison control, anti-cruelty, humane education, legislative services, and shelter outreach. The New York City headquarters houses a full-service, accredited animal hospital, adoption center, and mobile clinic outreach program. The Humane Law Enforcement department enforces New York’s animal cruelty laws and is featured on the reality television series “Animal Precinct” on Animal Planet. For more information, please visit


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