Because hay is becoming scarce, the problem of feeding has become especially difficult this winter, according to the Society, which has launched its 2013 Hay Drive, seeking support from the public to help feed, care for, and rehome the animals in ISPCA care.
The Society received and responded to over 1,500 equine distress calls related to neglected or abused animals in 2012. Almost 100 had to be taken into care. Equine distress calls in 2013 are expected to reach 1,700.
From January to March, “a deluge” of horses, ponies and foals left in the cold on grassless waste land or ignored and dumped, is expected.
In the Hay Drive, people are asked to donate online or to text HAY to 57802, to donate €3 which will buy a bale of hay and feed a neglected horse in ISPCA care for a day.
Announcing the fundraising drive, ISPCA CEO Noel Griffin said: “We continue to call for proper measures of equine ownership through the national identity tagging campaign, in order to reduce the number of animals requiring our attention and resource drain.” Griffin concluded.