Covid-19 restrictions are leaving many private horse owners and rescues without the financial means to cover the cost of horse feed. Charitable donations have decreased significantly, and the long duration of this crisis is draining rescue facilities of their emergency funds.
FOA Emergency Micro-Grant Application*:
Because funds for COVID-19 related crises are very limited, please apply for this grant only 1) after pursuing any other available options such as social media fundraising, applying for assistance from crisis-related government programs, seeking other grant options, etc. OR 2) if hay is needed immediately
People in crisis count on Fleet of Angels to help keep their horses safe during emergencies and afterward during early stages of recovery. Thank you for helping us be there when it matters most!
A limited number of applications from individual owners are being accepted at this time.
Our current funds for helping equine rescues with hay have been used or are pledged. All new applications from rescues will be added to a waiting list.
FOR EMERGENCY HAY
Fleet of Angels' efforts to help equine victims of Covid19 crisis featured here:
"Thank you SO much!!!!!! I cannot express how grateful I am for your help!!"
- Christina J.
"I'm so grateful to your program & donors. Thank you isn't enough to express my reaction to your kindness and generosity. Your foresight is to be commended too because I never imagined it was possible to be in this situation. When I can, it may be 2 years or 5 I'm determined to start my own fund for-profit lesson, boarding and training stables who rely on public income to survive. This is a motivation to pay it forward."
"THANK YOU IS NOT ENOUGH! AS I READ THIS MY EYES FILLED WITH TEARS. I HAVE WALKED OUTSIDE DAILY WONDERING WHO I COULD PART WITH OR WHAT COULD I DO. I HAVE FALLEN TO MY KNEES PRAYING FOR ANYTHING. I WISH I COULD HUG EVERYONE'S' NECKS AND SHAKES EACH AND EVERYONE'S' HANDS.
I AM BEYOND BLESSED!"
"We are extremely grateful for the help we received from Fleet of Angels.
This is a trying time for everyone. Fleet of Angels has been very responsive during this crisis and you deserve the highest praises for the great work you do, and the efficiency with which you are operating during this crisis. It makes a big difference to horse owners who are keeping the care of their beloved animals as top priority while at the same time having no income. Thank you so much for the great work. "
"Thank you so much!
Bless your hearts!" 💗 -Alma M.
"This has been such a relief to get the load of hay. I've been having a rough time with finances since my accident in July and now with this COVID-19 I'm not really able to work as social distancing has made it so students can not come out. I take on owner relinquish rescue horses and the only way that I'm able to fund it is through my lessons.
Thank you so much for helping me
to continue to care for my animals."
Enjoy this sampling of the expressions of gratitude we receive and share with our donors...
"Thank you so much for this wonderful news. I’m grateful for this generous gift to help me and my horses during this difficult time."
"I am speechless. I cannot thank you enough for this AMAZING gift. (We have yet to learn if my husband’s unemployment will be approved). Thank you so very much for helping my horses."
"I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for the help that you have given me to get hay for my horses and mules. Due to Covid 19 our business has come to a complete stand still leaving us with no income. Thank you to all of the donors and organizations that have made this possible to help people like myself to feed our equine animals during a terrible time like this that our whole world is going through. Our animals mean the world to us and i was at a complete loss as to how i was going to be able to continue to care for them and this gift has given us the much needed time to get all of this figured out. We are so grateful and humbled by this gift and I believe that Fleet of Angels is truly a answered prayer."
"Thank you so very much !
All the horses and I are so very grateful! Blessing to you and your staff. Stay safe, stay well!" -Wendy M.
Thank you so much!!!!!
I can't tell you how much this means to the horses!!!!!
With everything going on, everyone's health being at risk, feed hoarding, I am so worried about the horses loosing funding and being forced to make impossible decisions. This is an unbelievable relief! I can never thank you enough for setting this up and the wonderful people that donated to help us give these deserving horses the love and care they need! I am overwhelmed with appreciation and gratitude!" -Phyllis V.
With heartfelt gratitude, Fleet of Angels thanks each and every individual donor, the Humane Society of the US, and Best Friends Animal Society for making this mission possible!
All photos provided by grant applicants and recipients.
*Applications are accepted only in cases of a post-disaster emergency or other life-altering situation that has put equines at risk of losing their homes due to owner's temporary inability to provide equines with sufficient hay while recovering from the natural disaster or other crisis.
Matching funds or micro-grants may also be available to assist with cost of emergency transportation in some cases.
**Fleet of Angels does not assist with funding for purchase of at-risk equines or for transporting of equines purchased from auctions or kill pens until properly quarantined at an FOA-approved QT facility for a minimum of 30 days after arrival, or 30 days after last symptom of illness, whichever is last.
Heartfelt gratitude to all who help people help at-risk equines!
AMERICA'S AT-RISK EQUINES NEED HELP.
FLEET OF ANGELS DELIVERS.
Fleet of Angels is a grass roots not for profit organization that was originally created to get more at-risk equines rescued and adopted by making transporting them more affordable. Thousands of trailer owners, over 2300 layover hosts, over 500 quarantine providers, and hundreds of other service providers have joined our network. As a result, FOA has been able to help thousands of at-risk equines in our first four years. Fleet of Angels has expanded its services over the years to include the management of equine crises of all kinds to insure that at-risk horses get the help and safe haven they need.
Anyone who wants to join FOA can easily SIGN UP by registering with us as a transporter or as a provider of one of our other services for your area.
Or, if you are an adopter or rescuer and need to find an Angel to help you get your horse home, simply submit click the REQUEST HELP button at the top of the page to get started.
2020! Our ninth year of helping people help horses
FOA's angels have assisted with thousands of life saving missions for at-risk equines
... and we're just getting started!
FOA's generous members offer a variety of lifesaving services for at-risk horses, mules, and donkeys- both wild and domestic, by helping providing transportation that saves them from abuse, abandonment, starvation, or the cruelties of slaughter. We help get newly adopted horses to their new homes.
For horses making long journeys to safe homes, some of our members offer layover accommodations. And, in some cases, FOA members can even provide overnight sleeping quarters for tired drivers who are transporting their equine passengers for long distances.
An army of trailer-owning members are on stand-by to provide transportation for the evacuation of equines from floods, fires, and other natural disasters.
FOA Extended Teams participate with authorities and horse owners by organizing post-disaster equine search and rescue missions, coordinating foster care placement, doing equine fencing and facility repair, coordinating hay drive efforts, and offering other services as needed to save, protect, and care for at-risk equines.
Working through Fleet of Angels is an awesome way to be a good neighbor when you're needed!
Are you ready to help when horses near you are in trouble?
Traveling is tiring. Can you offer an
at-risk or adopted horse a rest stop on its way home?
*WHAT DO WE CONSIDER AN
An at-risk equine is a horse, pony, mule, or donkey- wild or domestic, that is at risk of losing its life as a victim of abuse or neglect, slaughter, or is in danger due to a natural disaster.
Fleet of Angels is known for helping rescued equines get home, but our Angels are also happy to assist with transporting equines after adoption or purchase from a valid equine rescue or a BLM adoption facility. When an equine is adopted from a rescue, two are actually saved- the one being adopted, and the one who can take its place at the rescue.
Fleet of Angels strongly encourages rescuing or adopting horses that are in your area rather than purchasing kill buyer, feed lot, or auction horses that are a great distance from you.
FOR REGISTERED MEMBERS and RESCUERS ONLY
*Clean loads only
Rescuers who have submitted a Request for Assistance form online can post their transportation needs on this page for FOA transporters who check in to see who needs help, and where.
Transporters can see posts by rescuers who us this page as a tool for finding discount transportation for rescued and adopted equines.
*'Clean' refers to equines that have been properly quarantined after removal from pulic facilities like auctions, feedlots, and kill pens.
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News, photos, and stories of interest to equine rescuers, transporters, and everyone who loves horses and longears is shared for everyone.
Transporters and Rescuers are encouraged to send stories and photos about their FOA missions to HoldYourHorses@aol.com so they can be shared on the page.
Rescuers will find good information on WHEN, WHY, AND HOW to quarantine rescue horses, and helpful stories from rescuers about their QT experiences.
Transporters, Layover Hosts, and Quarantine Providers will find current news and important updates on the most current equine diseases and health risks so they can take all needed steps to protect the equines in their care during FOA missions.