ASPCA Equine Fund

The ASPCA Equine Fund

The ASPCA has a 150-year history of protecting equines. In fact, ASPCA founder Henry Bergh was a pioneer in equine welfare, daily supplying fresh drinking water to workhorses in Manhattan and overseeing the creation of the first ambulance and sling for injured horses.

ASPCA Equine Fund

Today, the ASPCA Equine Fund (AEF) offers lifesaving resources for equine rescues and sanctuaries and fights for equine protection on the legislative level. Through a combination of financial help, in-person and online training and sharing of best practices, AEF supports the organizations and individuals who are saving our nation's horses.

Meet the Equine Team

Jacque  Schultz, Senior Director

Jacque Schultz is Senior Director of the ASPCA Equine Fund in the Shelter Outreach department. She has been on staff for more than 20 years. Jacque began her career as an animal behavior counselor and eventually led the behavior and training department. A certified professional dog trainer, she also taught a variety of dog obedience classes for 14 years.

Jacque took over direction of the ASPCA Equine Fund in 2007 and has grown the Equine Fund to be the largest grant-making and professional development program for equine rescues and sanctuaries in the country.  In 2013,  the Equine Fund distributed more than $1.1 million  via 230 grants to groups in 43 states. She is responsible for creating the Million Dollar Rescuing Racers Initiative, facilitating the formation of the San Diego Horse Coalition, and designing and executing the TX/OK Equine Hay Bale-Out, a $250,000 program to feed at-risk horses during the drought.

Jacque is an award-winning author of dozens of articles on dog and cat behavior and breed profiles. She co-authored The ASPCA Complete Guide to Dogs and two new books in the ASPCA Kids series:  Having Fun with Your Dog and Amazing Pet Tricks. She has presented workshops on fundraising for equine rescues, animal behavior, pit bull issues, shelter enrichment and breed identification at more than 100 animal welfare conferences.

Stacy Segal, Director, Equine Initiatives, ASPCA Equine Fund

Stacy Segal is the Equine Initiatives Manager for the ASPCA Equine Fund. Her work focuses on producing a quarterly e-newsletter, developing a national workshop series for equine welfare professionals, and producing communications and other materials aimed at improving the professionalism and enhancing the sustainability of the equine rescue community.

Prior to joining the ASPCA, Stacy worked for the Humane Society of the United States for five years, serving needy equines as part of the Equine Protection program and the HSUS Animal Rescue and Response team. Her work at HSUS included developing  equine sheltering best practices SOP, writing equine content for the website, and facilitating the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of more than 400 at-risk horses.

A lifelong animal lover and equestrian, Stacy has served on the boards of the Pittsburgh-based Homeless Cat Management Team, the Pennsylvania Equine Council, and the Pennsylvania Equine Foundation. She and her husband, Stephen, are the proud guardians of Skipper, an Appaloosa cross gelding, and three spoiled cats, Honey, Paisley and Taffy.

More Lifesaving Resources

The AEF cooperates with other equine resources that can also provide support and information. The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries works at an international level to help equine rescues and sanctuaries improve animal care, obtain funding and connect with the larger animal protection community. The Homes for Horses Coalition is a collective of professionals working together to advance equine protection by promoting growth and professionalism in the equine protection community.