Hurricane Harvey has made big headlines recently. The category 4 storm has caused catastrophic rain and extreme flooding to Corpus Christi as well as parts of Houston and surrounding areas. The category 4 hurricane has reportedly dumped an estimated nine trillion gallons of water on Houston and south-east Texas, affecting not just people but also animals, including horses.
Thankfully, help is coming fast. An equine disaster relief fund has quickly sprung into action to help ensure the safety of the horses in affected areas. Leading the massive disaster relief efforts for horses is the US Equestrian Federation’s Equine Disaster Relief Fund.
Help is coming for the horses
According to Horse Channel, the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund was founded in 2005 during the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. The USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund was established to help ensure the safety and well-being of horses during hard times.
The USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund has already received more than $370,000, which will be used to aid horses in disaster-affected areas. Additionally, there’s also the Sam Houston Race Park (SHRP) that accept horses displaced by the flooding. SHRP is reportedly working with horse owners to help them relocate their horses in safety areas, like in SHRP place in Houston, Texas.
In addition to the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund and SHRP, other charities like the Humane Society of the US are also working with local and state government agencies to ensure the safety of the rescued animals.
Currently, those equine relief funds are still accepting donations to aid horses affected by Hurricane Harvey. US Equestrian CEO Bill Moroney made a heartful appeal to the American public to support the ongoing relief assistance in those disaster-affected areas. Finally, all donations made are strictly used to help horses and their owners.
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