The ASPCA has announced it will grant $250,000 to 24 equine welfare organizations in Texas and Oklahoma to help compensate for the price of hay in the severely drought stricken regions. Wildefires, drought, and triple digit temperatures have severely depleted hay supplies, leaving equine cartakers with enormous feed expenses.

“The ASPCA is aware that tremendous hardship has been placed on rescue organizations and agencies that help horses and donkeys throughout Texas and Oklahoma, due to the immense shortage of the equine’s most basic need; hay,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “Our program provides assistance to those who are struggling to feed the horses and donkeys in their care, and we encourage them to share their supply of hay with other struggling local equine owners and caretakers as well.”

Organizations that were given grant funds had to fufuill certain requirements. The organization must operate an animal shelter or animal control agency that works with horse owners in Texas or Oklahoma, be a 501(c)(3) or governmental animal control agency, distribute at least 25% of hay purchases to local horse owners and maintain a list of hay recipients.

The list of the 25 organizations reciving "Bale-out" funding is below:

Animal Angels, Texas

Blazes Tribute Equine Rescue, Okla.

Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, Texas

Brighter Days Horse Refuge, Texas

City of Abilene Animal Services, Texas

City of Oklahoma City, Okla.

Collin County Animal Services, Texas

Exceller Fund, Okla. (Fosters)

Friends of Gonzales Animal Shelter, Texas

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas

Habitat For Horses, Texas

Horse Feathers, Okla.

Humane Society of North Texas

Oklahoma Thoroughbred Retirement Program

Osborne Stables Equine Rescue, Texas

Passion Horse/DFW Canine Equine Rescue, Texas

Prospect Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center, Texas

Ranch Hand Rescue, Texas

Reilly’s Ranch-Horse Rescue, Texas

SPCA Of Texas

Throwaway Ponies, Texas

Triple Me Mac Equine Sanctuary, Texas

Wise Equine Sanctuary Of Texas