Hidden Acres Rescue For Thoroughbreds (HART) Wins a $10,000 Grant From the ASPCA
By Space Coast Daily // June 24, 2016
HART continues to serve the community in Brevard County
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – On April 23rd 2016, Hidden Acres Rescue For Thoroughbreds (HART) participated in a national celebration of ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) Help A Horse competition to assist with their efforts to protect horses.
The event was held at the Wickham Park Equestrian Center in Melbourne, FL, that hosted over 1000 supporters of HART’s mission of continued equine rehabilitation.
In honor of the ASPCA’s 150th Anniversary celebration this year, the contest had been expanded to include a total of $100,000 in grant prizes.
Out of 190 rescues nationwide, HART has been recognized by the ASPCA and has won a $10,000 grant for its dynamic efforts to save at-risk horses.
The grant money will be implemented to help the continued care and rehabilitation of HART’s Off The Track Thoroughbreds (OTTB’s), which include, four emaciated mares known as the “Carolina Four” who were rescued during a record seizure by the ASPCA in January.
On Thursday, June 23rd 2016, the ASPCA just released a national media announcement mentioning the 11 winners of the third annual Help a Horse Day Contest where HART is amongst those horse rescues mentioned. HART is the only horse rescue in the state of Florida to win the grant this year.
This nationwide competition is for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the lifesaving work they do year-round to care for at-risk horses in their community who have often been abused or neglected.
Horses have been central to the ASPCA’s work since its founding 150 years ago, when Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for the mistreatment of a horse on April 26, 1866.