Summer 2014 — The Minnesota Hay Bank has received a grant from Banfield Charitable Trust to support Hay Bank programs that assist horse owners. Established in 2004, the mission of Banfield Charitable Trust is to fund or administer programs to keep pets and people together and to facilitate solutions to ensure no pet owner will ever have to surrender their pet.
“We are very excited and grateful to receive a grant from the Banfield Charitable Trust. It comes at the perfect time as we continue fundraising for the upcoming winter season,” said Stacy Bettison, co-founder of the Minnesota Hay Bank. “We look forward to using these funds this winter to help horse owners who meet our application criteria, so they can keep their well fed, healthy, and at home.”
The high price of hay and lengthy Minnesota winters have put added pressure on horse owners everywhere, but especially those already struggling to feed their horses. Thanks to the Banfield Charitable Trust, the Minnesota Hay Bank is well positioned to serve people and horses that need the most help.
Since its launch in December 2012, the Minnesota Hay Bank has received over 80 applications for assistance to feed over 400 horses.
About the MNHWC
The Minnesota Horse Welfare Coalition is a group of organizations, attorneys, horse rescues, humane agents and individuals working to prevent equine neglect, abandonment and abuse. The Coalition is comprised of teams dedicated to solving different aspects of the problem through its Minnesota Castration Clinic, Minnesota Hay Bank, assisting and providing resources to law enforcement in criminal prosecutions of horse crimes, assisting with temporary foster care, veterinary assistance and euthanasia.
About Banfield Charitable Trust
The Banfield Charitable Trust works to ensure that every wanted and loved pet stays in their home. It strives to create strong and healthy bonds between pets and their owners so that pets are not left to uncertain futures in overcrowded shelters. The Trust wants to see pet families thrive and is working to change the conversation in the national animal assistance arena to focus on preventing surrender.
The Trust’s mission is to fund or administer programs to keep pets and people together and to facilitate solutions to ensure no pet owner will ever have to surrender their pet. Committed to maintaining the human-pet bond, the Trust offers support for emergency and preventive veterinary care, assistance for struggling pet owners with their pet care needs, and grants to pet-related organizations that are providing solutions that get at the root causes of pet surrender.