I just received an e-mail from Kari Nienstedt, the Arizona Representative of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), announcing the inaugural public meeting of Arizona Coalition for Equines (ACE). According to her e-mail, the goals of this organization are:
1) Educate owners, law enforcement and the public regarding the appropriate care and treatment of equines
2) Educate owners, law enforcement and the public regarding the problems of equine overpopulation, abuse,
abandonment and neglect
3) Identify available resources to assist owners and law enforcement in need of assistance or in times of crisis
a. Implement a statewide hay bank to provide temporary hay and feed assistance in accordance with the ACE protocol.
b. Develop and disseminate resources to law enforcement agencies and others for use in response to complaints, natural
disasters and other emergencies.
c. Create a fund to assist with veterinary care, dental services, farrier services and euthanasia.
The first meeting will be held at the meeting room of Maricopa Animal Care and Control on June 30th from 11am to 1pm. Please contact the Arizona chapter of the HSUS to RSVP for this meeting or more information on ACE. Future meetings will be held throughout the state. I applaud Kari and HSUS for starting this initiative. It will be of great help to our horses in the state.