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Horses of Tir Na Nog Celebrates ASPCA Help A Horse Day April 25-26, 2015

Community support needed for chance to win $10,000 ASPCA grant and save more horses

Horses of Tir Na Nog will be celebrating the ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) national Help a Horse Day on April 25 and 26 and competing for a chance to win one of five $10,000 grants to assist with their efforts to protect horses.

Saturday, April 25, 2015, and Sunday, April 26, 2015, their supporters are invited to join them for two, "Help a Horse Day," Open Houses. This is a special opportunity for members of the local community, who have so generously supported their efforts over the last twelve years, to meet the horses and learn about their individual rescue stories. Details are available at:

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 149 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 very special opportunity to highlight the plight of at-risk horses. This year we are focusing on the more than 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, President of Horses of Tir Na Nog. "Many of their stories are familiar to San Diegans, but only a few of those who have supported our efforts have ever had a chance to meet these remarkable animals. We're asking our supporters to 'Join a Posse' and stand with us to fight against horse abuse and neglect."

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.

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