Contact: Ashley Harkins
United Horse Coalition
For Immediate Release
Does your organization or business provide any type of resources or safety net programs that have the potential to help at-risk horses or those in transition?
(Washington, D.C., February 23rd, 2021): The United Horse Coalition is looking for any organizations or groups that provide any type of resource or safety net program that have the potential to help at-risk horses to join it’s Equine Resource Database. By having one centrally located area to access these resources, UHC hopes it will help owners keep their horses from becoming at-risk during these trying times. To date, the UHC COVID Resource site and UHC Equine Resource Database has received over 14,000 visitors – signifying a great need for the resources provided therein.
The UHCERD contains a list of resources available nationwide to help current horse owners, prospective horse owners, rescues, sanctuaries, and the equine industry as a whole. A “resource” is considered anything that could be used for the betterment of horses at-risk or in transition. This includes but is not limited to: horse rescues and sanctuaries, direct placement organizations, feed assistance, temporary foster, castration assistance, veterinary funding or assistance, euthanasia programs and clinics, behavior modification assistance, law enforcement services, legal advice, and educational materials on responsible ownership and breeding.
The database itself is comprised of the results of a questionnaire available on the UHC website regarding available safety net programs, and is currently being sent to the following:
- All known equine welfare organizations nationwide that have a current (501c3) status
- 4H Groups
- Extension Specialist
- Veterinary Colleges and Universities
- State Horse Councils
- State Horse Specialists
- State Veterinarians/DAR
- Municipal Groups that assist with horses
- Equine Industry Organizations
Organizations or businesses who offer any type of resource or safety net program, are encouraged to take part in this questionnaire and help the United Horse Coalition build upon this already successful resource database. The brief questionnaire (5-10 minutes) can be completed by going to the UHC website at: https://unitedhorsecoalition.org/join-resource-database/
In addition to the Equine Resource Database, UHC has added a searchable component on the website to make it even easier for those in need of safety net programs to access the information they require. For example, an owner in need of a hay bank, will choose the resource they are in need of from a drop down menu, put in the state in which they reside and the search database will display any available resources in their vicinity. In addition to the resources, users can filter by breed specific rescues and those organizations holding accreditations or affiliations with various organizations. The searchable component can be found here: https://unitedhorsecoalition.org/equine-resource-database/
UHC would like to encourage those who have found the UHC Equine Resource Database or UHC COVID Resource site to be helpful to become a UHC Member and help support the important work being done to help at-risk horses and those in transition. https://unitedhorsecoalition.org/become-a-member/
About the United Horse Coalition
The United Horse Coalition is a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together under the American Horse Council to educate the horse industry about the issues facing horses at-risk or in transition. We seek to provide information for existing and prospective owners, breeders, sellers, and horse organizations regarding the long-term responsibilities of owning and caring for horses, as well as focusing on the opportunities available for these horses.