The mission of the Michigan Horse Welfare Coalition’s Hay Bank is to provide horse owners facing financial hardship, and occasionally law enforcement agencies and rescue operations, with temporary hay and feed assistance; and further, to assist such entities and individuals in planning for the future.
Our resources are limited and we review applications on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to help as many people and horses as we can, we have developed the following eligibility policy to ensure a positive outcome for all involved. This page will help guide you through the requirements necessary to be accepted into this program.
Donate to the Michigan Hay Bank
Download the MHWC Hay Bank Flier
Apply for Assistance from the Hay Bank
Eligibility Guideline Policies:
- Eligibility for Hay Bank assistance will be evaluated on a case-by-case analysis of need, including, but not restricted to the following guidelines:
- The number of horses you own.
- Whether you are engaged in breeding practices (you must be willing to geld all stallions).
- You cannot be involved in the regular sale of equines (this does not include the need to sell your horse(s) due to the economic or financial situation you are currently in).
- The condition of the equines and equine facilities on your property, including but not limited do, hay storage and all areas accessible to equines.
- Whether you have a regular relationship with equine professional(s).
- You must be 18 years of age or older.
- You must have a workable plan developed to avoid future need and be willing to share that.
- You must be a private horse owner or an established, reputable, verifiable rescue with references. No applications from equine businesses (such as boarding or training facilities) will be considered.
- Situation and need must be short-term.
- You must have owned your equine(s) for a minimum of 6 months.
- Applicant must agree to no breeding of any kind for a minimum of two years.
- A site visit is mandatory for applicants by a MHWC volunteer.
- MHWC assistance is provided by donations from the public to a registered charity. MHWC has the SOLE RIGHT TO DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY. No assistance is granted without a complete application submitted and a site visit is completed.
Horse ownership is a privilege and a responsibility we do not take lightly. Our goal is to give you the tools necessary to be a successful owner, with horses that will thrive in your care.