Days End Farm Horse Rescue received two grants from ASPCA in 2014—a $5,000 Anti-Cruelty Grant for 8 horses impounded by Prince George’s County animal protection authorities in April, and a $500 Grant for General Operating Expenses in Honor of Carolyn “Nicky” Ratliff.
The Anti-Cruelty Grant went directly toward taking care of the 8 horses which were in critical condition, severely emaciated and suffering from hoof neglect, dermatitis and lice infestation. Two were heavily pregnant. Thanks in part to the ASPCA grant, these horses have all recovered, and we now have two healthy foals.
DEFHR was surprised and delighted to receive the second grant in honor of Carolyn “Nicky” Ratliff, a long-time DEFHR supporter. Nicky has been on the board of directors for some time and has been an invaluable resource for animal welfare information and action. She recently retired after serving 40 years in animal welfare, 32 of them at the Carroll County Humane Society.
Executive Director Erin Ochoa said, “We are thrilled to have long-lasting partnerships with the ASPCA and passionate animal welfare people like Nicky. When I see our foals, Ohana and Valentino, looking so healthy and playing together, I am so grateful for these grants.”