WESTPORT, CT - The Board of Directors of the EQUUS Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce the award of over $290,000 in grants to charities dedicated to the well-being of horses and improving the quality of life of people through equine-assisted activities and therapies.
The EQUUS Foundation is dedicated to Helping Horses Heal People. The number of unwanted horses, estimated at 170,000 a year, has reached an epidemic level in the United States. Tragically, many are slaughtered. Instead, they can be rescued - and many can be re-trained and re-homed for useful lives as therapy horses.
Therapy programs using horses benefit the minds, bodies and spirits of people with special needs in ways that no other therapy can. Therapy programs using horses can improve balance, strengthen muscles, advance communication skills, and increase self-esteem and confidence.
First words are spoken; crutches are set side.
Equine therapy programs cannot operate without healthy, reliable and trained horses. There are an estimated 1,000 organizations using horses to provide physical, cognitive and emotional therapy to over 40,000 people with special needs.
Many more people can benefit from this extraordinary therapy with more trained horses. For example, an estimated 1.5 million Americans live with Autism; an estimated one in four veterans come home with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
"Our goal is to secure homes for all unwanted horses, and for those that can be trained for use in therapy programs, to ensure that these horses benefit from the horse-human bond as much as people do. We envision a more informed and compassionate America that values the magical and powerful bond we have with horses so that more people can benefit from the horse-human bond," said Jenny Belknap Kees, EQUUS Foundation Chairman of the Board.
"We strive to provide financial support to as many worthy equine charities in the United States as possible; however, on the average, less than one-quarter receive grant awards. While we continue to work hard to raise more funds, we have developed and continue to develop other programs and services to benefit equine charities."
You can help!
The carros4acause network was launched in October 2011 to bring together interested individuals with equine organizations across the United States. To date, over 500 equine organizations have joined the network, and there are over 1,200 individuals now participating as volunteers.
In January 2012, the Foundation launched "Champions", our incentive-based equine service volunteer program. "Champions" are individuals who volunteer a minimum of 24 hours over the course of one year for an organization on the network.
Champions are eligible to receive EQUUS Foundation scholarships and are automatically entered in an annual drawing where the winner can give a grant to her or her favorite equine charity on the network.
Sign up at www.equusfoundation.org/signup.
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