Days End Report from Louisiana, Oct. 6

Allan Schwartz, vice president of Days End Farm Horse Rescue from Lisbon, Md., said there were two things that they wouldn't be able to share with others once they returned home from rescue work following the hurricanes: The smells of rot and death. "The pictures just can't show that," he said.

One a brighter note, he said Days' End and other groups are still feeding and watering a lot of horses and other animals. "There are still lot of places that don't have electricity back," said Schwartz. "One fellow has to go five to six miles away with five-gallon buckets to get water, and we can tank in 300 gallons to last him several days. He's trying to work and rebuild and still take care of animals. The fact we can give him 300-400 gallons of water saves him several hours a day.

"It seems like such a simple thing that means a lot to these people," he added. "It saves a lot of time in their days they can use to rebuild their lives."

He said calls horse help seemed to be slowing down, but there are still animal needs.

Schwartz said one of the most phenomenal things he has seen in working the hurricanes is the cohesiveness of the various groups that before hadn't worked together very often. "There's no politics or agendas," he said. "They're all here for the animals and all working side by side. One of the biggest lessons from this disaster is that these major groups can sit at the table and work together. Once that happens and happens more efficiently, there will be more animals we can help."

He said the state and local governments are also seeing the cohesiveness among groups, "and what they've seen has opened their eyes to show them there are first responders from these groups that have training for helping animals and can work side by side. It fires you up and makes you want to do more."

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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