Updated Supplies Needed List for Rita-Affected Horses and Other Animals

Veterinary and medical supplies are needed immediately in Southwest Louisiana for Hurricane Rita victims. Below is the current list; it will be updated as information becomes available. Please contact those listed if you are able to donate any of these supplies.

Medical Supplies

Anything to treat cuts (i.e., Silvadine ointment or triple antibiotic ointment);
Syringes and needles (all sizes);
Rolled gauze;
Rolled cotton;
Vetwrap;
Bandages, 4x4;
Elasticon, 4-inch;
Bandage wraps. 12- and 14-inch;
Gauze, 4-inch;
Eye medications (i.e., atropine ointment, Gentamicin);
Antibiotics (i.e., procaine penicillin, pen-g, Naxcel);
Dexmethasone;
Rompum (Xylazine);
Horse feed;
Hay, round or square bales or cubed;
Dewormer (i.e., Strongid).

Equipment

Washing Machine;
Printers (9);
Refrigerators (2);
Computer work stations (5, the actual computers and the desks);
Food prep pans (40, Sams Club has them; they are used for litter pans);
Window A/C (2)

Office Supplies

Copy Machines (3) large;
Office chairs (10);
Four-drawer file cabinets (5);
Two-drawer file cabinet;
Copy paper;
Pens/pencils;
Notepads;
Sharpies;
Highlighters;
Dry Erase Pens;
Fine point markers;
Hanging file folders
Manila folders (two-prong metal);
Storage cabinets (8);
Drinking water cooler dispensers (6);
Assorted desk organizers.

Ship donations to: SugArena, Acadiana Fairgrounds, 713 NW Bypass, Hwy 3212, New Iberia, LA 70560. For more information contact Terry Fitch of Lone Star Equine Rescue, or Stacy Oubre, director of SugArena, at 337\365-7539.

As of today (Sept. 27), there are about 50 horses at SugArena, with a total of 180 animals, including a variety of farm animals. The staff expects more arrivals in the next few days.

Any animals in need of evacuation from flood-affected areas may be brought to the SugArena. Owners are responsible for feeding their animals. If large animals/livestock are in need of evacuation, call the Equine Hotline at 225\578-9501.

At this time, volunteers should call 337\365-7539 and leave contact information in case help is needed in the coming days.

Hay for cattle is needed in other parts of the state. There is concern that flooded areas might not have enough grass to sustain grazing once the waters recede.

Fitch said the situation at SugArena is not the same as at Gonzalez. "We know who the owners of these animals are, but they've lost their barns and we're helping with feed and stuff," she stated. "The Gonzalez situation completely different."

Fitch knows that first-hand since she and Lone Star Rescue have worked at Gonzalez the past few weeks.

In recalling times of equine rescue in Louisiana following Katrina, Fitch said, "We didn't have trouble loading any horses there, they just were like, ‘Get us out of here!' We picked up a 2-year-old filly that had never been loaded, and she walked right in.

"We have no idea what they've been through," she added. "You can't explain it to them."

Fitch said while working in Louisiana, Lone Star worked directly with Rustin Moore, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, director of the Equine Health Studies Program at the Louisiana State Univerity College of Veterinary Medicine, and Bonnie Clark, president of the Louisiana Equine Council,who were coordinating equine rescue and relief efforts. She said there were many organizations and individuals who were not working well within the system.

Evacuating Lone Star

Gonzalez had to return to Lone Star's home ranch in Hitchcock, Texas, not far from Galviston, to evacuate the 50 horses there on Tuesday, Sept. 20. "We took two trailer loads of horses to the Travis County Expo Center in Austin," she said. "We were on the road for 32 hours."

When asked if she had problems finding fuel, she laughed and said, "At three in the morning, it wasn't a lot of problem. And we used diesel.

"Everyone at Lone Star is okay," Fitch added. "We're trying to get horses back to Hitchcock."

She said with 50 horses at the home ranch, and another 50 they have been tending that are tied up in a court case, Lone Star could use hay, feed, and dewormer.

If you need more information from Lone Star, please email info@lser.org or horses@lser.org, or call 817\439-0412.

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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