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Rockland’s Northstar Horse Rescue Receives ASPCA Grant

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Northstar Horse Rescue Executive Director, Elizabeth Dickerson, with the Thoroughbred filly, My Graduate, rescued last year from a feedlot.

November 26, 2013

Media Contact: Elizabeth Dickerson, 207-317-7565

Rockland, Maine- Northstar Horse Rescue Inc today announced that a grant has been received from the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in the amount of $500, for the purpose of developing capacity building skills and fundraising techniques.

“We are a very small rescue, and rely almost solely on individual contributions. We could expand and help more horses if only we had more funding opportunities, however, most of the granting foundations tend to fund rescues that are already at that larger size,” said Elizabeth Dickerson, Executive Director. “We are very thankful to ASPCA for realizing that we need some help to develop our fundraising and capacity building toolkit, because ultimately, this will help us to help more horses.”

Given that it can take anywhere from $2500-$3500 to care for one horse, the economic downturn has been really tough on these larger animals.

“Not only do we provide individualized feeding programs for our horses, but we must retrain and help these noble creatures to once again trust humans and to trust that life is good,” said Ms. Dickerson. “It takes enormous energy and resources, and these funds will help us to network with grantors and other non-profit organizations. As a result of the grant, we will gain valuable educational and outreach resources.”

For more information, please visit www.northstarhorserescue.org.

If you are interested in volunteering at the rescue or becoming involved with our Board of Directors, please call Elizabeth Dickerson at 207-317-7565.

Located in Rockland, Maine, Northstar Horse Rescue is a state licensed animal shelter, and a federally recognized 501(c)(3) public charity devoted to rehabilitating, retraining, and rehoming horses. Our mission is to prevent cruelty to horses, to educate the public on equine issues, and to assist or facilitate equine rescue efforts.