For Immediate Release
Horses of Tir Na Nog Press Release
March 29, 2016
Horses of Tir Na Nog
Contact: Amy Pat Rigney
Web Site: www.horsesoftirnanog.org
Horses of Tir Na Nog Celebrates ASPCA Help a Horse Day on April 23 and 24 Community support needed for chance to win a $25,000 ASPCA grant and save more horses
In 2015 Horses of Tir Na Nog celebrated the national ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) Help A Horse Day on April 25 and 26. More than 100 equine rescue groups held events in 33 states in conjunction with the ASPCA “Help a Horse Day” Contest—a nationwide grant competition for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the work they do to save and care for at-risk horses. Contestants were judged on the creativity of their events, as well as success in engaging their local communities. Through the participation of San Diegans in our Open House and our Posses, Horses of Tir Na Nog received a $10,000 grant.
Horses of Tir Na Nog is again celebrating the ASPCA® national Help a Horse Day on April 23 and 24. This year Horses of Tir Na Nog is competing for a chance to win a $25,000 grant!
Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, San Diegans are invited to join them for two, “Help a Horse Day,” Open Houses. This is a special opportunity for San Diegans to meet the horses and learn about their individual rescue stories. Details are available at www.horsesoftirnanog.org.
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 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.
“Help A Horse Day is a unique opportunity to highlight the continuing plight of horses. Once again we are focusing on the nearly fifty horses currently in our care. Most of these horses have come to us through the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services. They were rescued from abuse, abandonment and neglect,” explained Amy Pat Rigney, Administrator of Horses of Tir Na Nog. “Many of their stories are familiar to San Diegans, but only a few San Diegans have ever had a chance to meet these remarkable animals. We’re asking people to ‘Join a Posse’ and stand with us to fight against horse abuse and neglect. This year San Diegans have an opportunity to increase their impact by ‘Forming a Posse’ and engage in peer-to-peer fundraising.”
Horses of Tir Na Nog is the longest-operating equine sanctuary in San Diego County and is currently caring for over fifty equines. Horses of Tir Na Nog is an adoption partner with County of San Diego Department of Animal Services, and works in compliance with American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Rescue and Retirement Guidelines. Horses of Tir Na Nog is a community-supported equine sanctuary that offers a safe-haven for horses that have few options remaining, thereby ensuring them a better quality of life.
EDITOR: Ranch residents are available for photos and video at the ranch.