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Contact: Keith Kleine

Director of Industry Relations or (859) 327-8750

The Foundation for the Horse is accepting contributions through its Equine Disaster Relief Fund to help horses whose health and welfare are threatened by the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

Feed assistance funds will be distributed through a new, temporary disaster relief effort called “Feed for Horses.” The Foundation will work with recognized equine nonprofit organizations with whom it has established relationships to provide feed assistance.

Meanwhile, veterinary care funds will be distributed through Vet Direct Safety Net, The Foundation’s recently announced partner program with the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASCPA). The Foundation recently received a $10,000 gift from the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Foundation to support its disaster relief efforts through Vet Direct Safety Net.

“The Foundation provides the public a reliable conduit to directly help horses in crisis,” said Dr. Richard Mitchell, chair of The Foundation’s Advisory Council. “We are compelled to reach out to equine veterinarians, horse owners, and industry leaders as part of our effort to support equines who became at-risk due to financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. We also thank the NCHA Foundation for their generous support.”

To support the impending needs of these equine victims, go to

Contributions are also accepted by mail at: The Foundation for The Horse, 4033 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511; or by phone at: (800) 443-0177 (U.S. only) or (859) 233-0147.

About The Foundation for The Horse

The Foundation for The Horse, a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1994, is governed and stewarded by equine veterinary members of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and other stakeholders who share and support The Foundation’s mission to improve the welfare of horses. Since its inception, The Foundation has disbursed more than $6 million to fulfill its vital mission. To learn more, visit

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