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Deadline for Shelters to Apply for Free Equine Vaccines is Feb. 1

Posted: Jan. 12, 2012, 3:40 p.m. EST

Free horse vaccines

The Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign is accepting applications through Feb. 1, 2012, from equine rescue and retirement facilities in the United States for free horse vaccines.

The campaign, sponsored by Summit, N.J.-based Merck Animal Health and the American Association for Equine Practitioners, has provided vaccines for more than 15,000 horses since its inception in 2008.

Qualifying facilities are provided with vaccines to protect against eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE), western equine encephalomyelitis (WEE), rabies, tetanus, equine influenza and equine herpesvirus. To qualify for the horse vaccines, facilities must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and abide by the “AAEP Care Guidelines for Equine Rescue and Retirement Facilities.” Facilities are required to work with an AAEP-member veterinarian when applying for vaccinations.

Downloadable applications can be found on the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign website.

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I'm a private rescue - funded out of my own pocket and totally reliant on the generosity of others. This is a great program, but the requirement of being a 501c3 is prohibitive. We've placed no less than 10 thoroughbreds since August retiring with no where to go since August, 2011 and have six now in need in spring shots. We have to make the decision to buy more hay and keep up on feed and bedding or pay for the vaccines - or put them off until the summer. If the rescue organization has references, then 501c3 status shouldn't prohibit them from participating. Coggins alone are going to cost us $261.00 501c3's already get so much help - grants, more donors, volunteers, but private rescues are doing this out of their own funds and are much more in need
Shelly, Dansville, NY
Posted: 1/28/2012 9:31:29 PM
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