Weiss Named Vice-President of ASPCA Equine Welfare Program

Emily Weiss, PhD, Cert. AAB, will oversee the strategic direction of the equine welfare program.

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The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has announced that Emily Weiss, PhD, Cert. AAB, has been named vice-president of its newly-formed equine welfare department.

Focusing on ensuring equids nationwide have good welfare, the ASPCA will work collaboratively with stakeholders in both the rescue community and equine industries to help at-risk horses safely transition to new homes, increase safety net support for horse owners so they have adequate access to resources in times of need, and enhance its anti-cruelty efforts.

“Protecting horses has been central to the ASPCA’s mission since our founding more than 150 years ago, and through this new program we are rededicating ourselves to developing innovative ideas and partnerships to promote the bond between horses and humans and improve the welfare of equines in the United States,” said Weiss. “The opportunities for impact are tremendous, and we look forward to deepening our collaboration with equine rescues, advocates, and horse industry professionals to provide life-changing options for horses and their owners.”

In her position, Weiss will oversee the strategic direction of the ASPCA Equine Welfare program, which includes the organization’s participation in The Right Horse Initiative, a collective of industry professionals and equine welfare advocates working to improve the lives of horses in transition by increasing training opportunities for horses and promoting adoption. The ASPCA is also collaborating with veterinarians and global animal health company Zoetis on a pilot project that provides access to vital veterinary care and increases the likelihood horses can remain in their current homes

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