Sweeping across the Gulf Coast of Texas over the past weekend, Hurricane Harvey’s catastrophic flooding has put the Houston and surrounding area in a state of distress, and conditions are expected to get even worse over the next few days.
Banding together as a community, emergency rescues and fellow equestrians are opening up their barns for shelter and extensive veterinary care has been required over the last several days. As the rain continues to fall, rising flood waters will make extended care for displaced large and small animals on an ongoing need.
Supporting the efforts of emergency response groups and organizations that are helping horses impacted by the flooding, US Equestrian is providing financial assistance through the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund.
Developed in 2005 during the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund was formed to help ensure the safety and well-being of horses during trying times. Since its inception, over $370,000 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.
US Equestrian will be working with the Houston SPCA to support their rescue and rehabilitation efforts through the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund.
— Colin Deaver (@KAGS_Colin) August 28, 2017
Encouraging donations to help the horses affected by Hurricane Harvey, US Equestrian CEO Bill Moroney said, “As part of our commitment to the health, welfare, and safety of horses, the USEF disaster relief fund was created to assist horses impacted by devastating natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey. 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.”
— AAEP (@AAEPHorseDocs) August 28, 2017
For more information on the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund, please contact Vicki Lowell, firstname.lastname@example.org
— American Red Cross (@RedCross) August 25, 2017