CALIFORNIA — With the deadliest wildfire raging in the state’s history and nearly 210,000 acres burned and ablaze from fires across the state, California and its citizens and equine community are facing one of equestrians’ worst fears. Many people have been forced to flee their homes, farms, and ranches, with little or no warning, turning horses and livestock loose to fend for themselves and hope for their survival.
Banding together as a community, emergency rescues and fellow equestrians have opened up their barns for shelter and veterinary care for the lost and injured animals. With high winds continuing to sweep over the state, and the fires far from contained, the costs to care for these horses will be ongoing in the coming weeks.
Stories of courageous rescue volunteers and make-shift shelters are unfolding throughout ravaged California communities — all focused on helping abandoned and displaced equines. The rescue efforts are complicated. Often, animals caught in fires flee or hide, especially when injured.
California’s equines need help now, and they will need your help in the weeks to come as they are reunited with owners or relocated to new homes. Feed, medical supplies and veterinary care are necessary to help manage this critical situation.
“Every time there’s an emergency affecting horses, the equestrian community rallies together," said Emily Dulin, executive director of Brooke USA. "It’s complicated and challenging, but I am always impressed with how this community jumps in and helps. These generous people move heaven and earth to make sure horses are safe.”
Brooke USA is committed to helping. Donate to their California Equine Emergency Fund. Funds raised will be donated to organizations directly helping relief and recovery efforts.
USEF Disaster Relief Fund
Through the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund, US Equestrian is providing financial assistance to support the efforts of emergency response groups and organizations that are helping horses impacted by the fires.
Developed in 2005 during the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund helps ensure the safety and well-being of horses during trying times. Since its inception, over $1,000,000 has been donated to aid horses across all breeds in disaster-related situations. All money donated to the fund is strictly used to benefit horses and horse owners. In 2018, the fund raised approximately $650,000 to help in the relief efforts through Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, along with wildfires across the country.
Make a donation to the USEF Disaster Relief Fund here. One hundred percent of the donations will go to the North Valley Animal Disaster Group, U.C. Davis Veterinary Emergency Response Team, and the Humane Society of Ventura County. US Equestrian will be working through the USEF Disaster Relief Fund with these organizations and others over the coming weeks to support the ongoing rescue and rehabilitation efforts throughout the state of California.
Encouraging donations to help the horses affected by the California wildfires, US Equestrian CEO Bill Moroney said, “As part of our commitment to the health, welfare, and safety of all horses, the USEF Disaster Relief Fund was created to assist horses impacted by devastating natural disasters such as these crippling wildfires. US Equestrian wants to continue to support the generosity of the equestrian community and those who have stepped up to offer assistance to their fellow horsemen and -women in a time of need. Donations to this fund allow us to continue to provide financial assistance to these groups and others involved in ongoing rescue efforts now and in the future.”
For more information on the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund, visit www.usef.org/donate.
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