US Equestrian Federation Appeals for Donations to Help Horses Affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas
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The United States Equestrian Federation has appealed for donations to help horses affected by Hurricane Harvey that has caused a flooding catastrophe in Texas.
The category 4 hurricane drenched Houston, America’s fourth largest city, and surrounding areas that include substantial equine communities leading to a declaration of a major disaster. Hundreds of horses and livestock have been affected.
Banding together as a community, emergency rescues, fellow equestrians have opened their barns for shelter and extensive veterinary care has been required.
The weather forecast is for the hurricane to swing back into the Houston area, increasing already disastrous flood waters that the USEF said will make extended care for displaced large and small animals an ongoing need.
Supporting the efforts of emergency response groups and organizations that are helping horses impacted by the flooding, US Equestrian said it is providing financial assistance through the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund.
Developed in 2005 during the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, the fund was formed to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of horses during emergencies. Since its inception, more than $370,000 has been donated to aid horses across all breeds in disaster-related situations. All money donated to the fund is used solely to benefit horses and horse owners.
US Equestrian said it is working with the Houston SPCA to support rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
“As part of our commitment to the health, welfare, and safety of horses, USEF disaster relief fund was created to assist horses impacted by devastating natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey,” said US Equestrian CEO Bill Moroney. “The outreach and generosity of the equestrian community to support the ongoing emergency assistance in this and future disasters allows us to provide direct financial assistance to the groups involved in the ongoing rescue efforts.”