The Board of Directors of Brooke USA has approved $32,500, to date, in micro-grants for 20 equine organizations in distress during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fund disbursements were made from Brooke USA’s COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund, which was designed to address the need for financial aid across the globe due to the pandemic. In response to the spread of the coronavirus, Brooke USA is committed to meeting the needs of equine-dependent communities impacted by the pandemic both in the United States and abroad.
Brooke USA recognizes that in the developing world there is a lack of health care facilities, medical supplies are not readily available, and living in highly crowded communal situations exacerbates the risk of spread. Moreover, the international community that normally offers aid is hard pressed to help because every nation is dealing with its own problems related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“At Brooke USA, we know that when equine owners suffer, so do their animals thus, it is imperative that we do what we can to help right now. We are uniquely positioned to provide aid where the need is greatest. And, it is our hope that equine-friendly businesses, individuals and philanthropists will continue to support us in this fight against this virus which is taking a toll on all of us,” said Emily Dulin, Brooke USA’s Chief Executive Officer.
The funds raised are used to support response and recovery efforts, which vary from nation to nation and community to community. Brooke USA understands that needs in each area are individual. In some communities, this may mean providing care for working animals whose owners have been impacted by the pandemic. In others, it may involve providing horse feed to a family who can no longer work due to illness or economic distress.
Following is the list of organizations funded to date:
- Arabian Rescue Mission
- Brooke Latin America & Caribbean
- Carolina Equine Rescue & Assistance
- Equestrian Aid Foundation
- Equitarian Initiative
- Equus Foundation
- February Star Sanctuary
- Fleet of Angels
- Foothills Equine Rescue Assistance
- Foundation for the Horse
- Fundación Equinos Sanos Para El Pueblo
- Homestretch Thoroughbred Rescue
- Humane Society of the United States
- Medina Creative Therapy
- Otra Mas, A Horse Rescue and Equine Therapy Organization
- Pleasure Acres Equine & Feline Rescue Center
- South Florida SPCA
- Thoroughbred Athletes
- United States Hunter Jumper Association
- Viva Global Rescue
For general questions and inquiries about Brooke USA’s COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund, contact CEO Emily Dulin at [email protected].
About Brooke USA
The mission of Brooke USA is to significantly improve the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and the Caribbean by raising funds and responsibly directing them to the areas of greatest need.
Brooke USA accomplishes this through a holistic approach to funding which includes capacity building, sustainability programming, female empowerment, and international advocacy.
Brooke USA connects private philanthropists with their passion for helping relieve the suffering of working equines and their owners.
Brooke USA raises funds to support a wide variety of programs for working horses, donkeys and mules to help them become (and remain) healthy and happy now and in the long-term, which also benefits the very poor families who depend on those animals to help them earn a living. For more information visit www.BrookeUSA.org.