Five Livestock Evacuation Centers Open in Alabama

With Hurricane Matthew approaching Florida's east coast, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) has been in contact with Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Horse Council, and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services to confirm temporary sheltering facilities for evacuated livestock, including horses and cattle.

“We stand ready to assist our neighbors in any way we can as Hurricane Matthew sets its sights on Florida’s Atlantic coast,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan.

In preparation for this storm, Alabama’s State Veterinarian Tony Frazier, DVM, has been in contact with Florida’s state veterinarian on planning the potential evacuation of certain livestock and animals. There are five sheltering facilities that are equipped to accommodate these animals at this time. These facilities are only equipped to shelter livestock, not pets such as dogs or cats. Please contact the facility to confirm space is available prior to your arrival.

Covington Center Arena
24000 AL-55
Andalusia, AL 36420
Contact: Bo Fuqua
334/504-2717
http://www.mcdiamond.com/gifts/steelcutout/al/cov/coving.htm

Garrett Coliseum
1555 Federal Dr.
Montgomery, AL 36107
Contact: Bill Hardin
334/356-6866
www.thegarrettcoliseum.com

Houston County Farm Center
1701 E Cottonwood Rd.
Dothan, AL 36301
Contact: Mickey Sego
334/792-5730
http://www.houstoncounty.org/Farm-Center

Lee County Fairgrounds
2316-2358 Lafayette Pkwy
Opelika, AL 36801
Contact: Jim Sadler
334/524-9680

5 County Complex
1055 E Mckinnon St.
New Brockton, AL 36351
Contact: Grant Lyons
334/465-1313

When evacuating, be prepared to care for your animals. Be sure to bring the following items:

  • Current list of all animals, including their records of feeding, vaccinations, and medical tests. Make sure that you have proof of ownership for all animals.
  • Supplies for temporary identification of your animals, such as plastic neckbands and permanent markers to label your animals with your name, address, and telephone number.
  • Handling equipment such as halters and appropriate tools for each kind of animal.
  • Water, feed, and buckets, along with mucking supplies.

For question or concerns about sheltering livestock during hurricane evacuation, contact ADAI Emergency Programs at 334/240-7278 or e-mail ben.mullins@agi.alabama.gov.

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