Starving Horses Need Your Help
The HSHV Farm Animal Aid Fund
Drought, hard economic times, and irresponsible ownership have created a dire situation for many local horses. Horse abuse cases have been on the rise and even well-intentioned owners are now struggling to care for their horses because of increasing costs.
Horses have always been expensive to own, but we began to receive a greater number of complaints when the economy was on the decline. This year, however, hay prices are an estimated five times higher than 10 years ago and the price continues to rise because of the drought. The winter will only be worse. Horse rescues, organizations we have relied on in the past during cruelty investigations, are filled passed capacity. The Humane Society of Huron Valley is now finding itself in the position of having to house and care for abuse cases and offering assistance to desperate people needing help feeding their horses, so they don’t become abuse cases.
“Horse cruelty is certainly not new”, said Matt Schaecher, HSHV Director of Animal Cruelty Investigation and Rescue. “But the number of investigations related to neglect and abuse of horses and other farm animals has been on the rise since 2011. It’s important that we do everything we can to help animals in immediate need and to assist struggling owners who will need help getting through the winter.”
“It is our mission to ensure the responsible care of animals and to stop animal cruelty. The situation with horses and other farm animals poses an extra challenge because of the large extra expenses in housing and care, especially in cruelty cases where the animals are already sick, injured and malnourished”, said Tanya Hilgendorf, HSHV Executive Director. “We really need the animal loving community to help us meet this new demand.”
Plus, for the first time in our history we have horses, taken from cruelty investigation cases that are up for adoption. More information about the 3 horses shown here can be found on our website at HSHV.org, or you can call (734) 662-5585 with questions.
Please help us now by making a designated donation to the HSHV Farm Animal Aid Fund. If you donate by October 15 your gift will be doubled through a generous matching gift. Animal lover and HSHV Board member, Susan Kornfield, will match donations up to $5000 if made within the next two weeks in hopes of encouraging our generous community of supporters to give something extra in order to protect these noble and hard-serving animals.
Every penny counts and all donations will go directly to helping farm animals in need!