Saddle up and ride with your equine companion on Sunday, October 4th, for the MSPCA’s Horses Helping Horses Beach Ride at Salisbury Beach State Reservation, to raise funds for the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. The 4th annual beach ride will benefit the animals and programs at the Equine Center of Nevins Farm. No horse? No problem! Walk the beach with friends and family, and even your dog (on a leash, of course!) to raise money for horses and farm animals in need!
Horses and riders are teaming up to help by collecting pledges to raise money, and those who raise the most money will be awarded prizes. Over 65 horses are expected to turn out for the morning ride along the seashore, and will include some “equine alumni”, as well as some of the horses currently available for adoption. All proceeds go directly towards caring for the dozens of horses currently in the care of Nevins Farm.
“Last year we saw extraordinary numbers of horses being surrendered, and this year we will exceed those numbers. The economy continues to impact people’s abilities to care for their horses, and we are seeing costs as a primary reason for surrender of animals,” says Barn Manager Melissa Ghareeb. Nevins Farm is the only open door equine and farm animal shelter in the New England region. “The Equine Center is a resource for people and horses in need, but it depends solely on the generosity of the public and special events like the beach ride to care for its animals,” notes Ghareeb.
As a special feature, equine photographer Vanessa Wright Capone will once again be on hand capturing photographs of riders throughout the day. Vanessa's exhibit, "The Literary Horse: When Legends Come to Life", is currently on a national tour, and includes several horses and staff from the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, as well as participants from last year’s 2008 Beach Ride.
One of five MSPCA Animal Care and Adoption Centers statewide, the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen cared for more than 8,500 animals last year. The MSPCA does not receive state or federal funding and continues its work based solely on the generosity of its supporters. The MSPCA’s Equine Center at Nevins Farm is located at 400 Broadway, Rte. 28 in Methuen and is open to the public from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays - Fridays; 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. To contact the MSPCA at Nevins Farm regarding adoptions and programs please call (978) 687-7453 x6113 or on the Web at: www.mspca.org/nevins.
For more information about the Beach Ride contact the MSPCA at Nevins Farm at (978) 687-7453 x6118 visit the MSPCA’s Web site at www.mspca.org/nevins.
The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement and the highest-quality veterinary care available anywhere in the world. The MSPCA-Angell provides direct hands-on care for more than 250,000 animals each year through its Animal Care and Adoption Centers and world-class Angell Animal Medical Centers. For more information, visit www.mspca.org.