Emergency Planning

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Only Four Rescued Horses Are Unidentified at Lamar-Dixon; Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony to be Held Oct. 9

October 05, 2005

Nearly 400 horses and mules have been processed at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, La., since post-hurricane rescues began, and according to Bonnie Clark, president of the Louisiana Equine Council, all but four have unique identificatio... Read More

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Texas A&M Vet Hospital Used for Human Patients During Rita

October 04, 2005

The following was a press release on Sept. 28 by Texas A&M President Robert M. Gates.

For the second time in three weeks, Texas A&M University on Sept. 20 mobilized to care for evacuees from a major hurricane--Rita.

This... Read More

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Breeders' Cup Gala To Benefit Hurricane Victims

October 04, 2005

Officials of Breeders' Cup Limited and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced that the 2005 Breeders' Cup Charity Celebration will be held on the evening of Friday, Oct. 28, at historic Roseland Ballroom in New York, with... Read More

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Days End From the Front Lines

September 30, 2005

"We're walking through three feet of human waste and smelling death everywhere; it's not glamorous," described Allan Schwartz, vice president of Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) from Lisbon, Md., on Sept. 29 while working to help animals and... Read More

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Vet on Hurricanes: The Ripples are Impressive

September 29, 2005

Sonny Corley, DVM, of Acadiana Equine Clinic in Lafayette, La., climbed a fence to leave another note Tuesday night on the door of the clinic belonging to Johnny Reina, DVM, in Lake Charles, La. He had visited the hurricane-damaged site three... Read More

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Disaster Response: Top 10 Ways to Make a Real Impact

September 28, 2005

In the last decade, there have been outstanding improvements in planning for animals in disasters nationwide. We can learn many early lessons from the responses to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that affected the Gulf Coast to allow us as veterinarians... Read More

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Texas: Evacuations Minimized Rita's Impact

September 27, 2005

Early evacuations of the Texas Gulf Coast significantly reduced Hurricane Rita’s impact on the state’s livestock industry. According to the Texas Animal Health Commission, more than 10,000 head of livestock, mostly horses, were evacuated to... Read More

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

September 27, 2005

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 o... Read More

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Recovering from Rita's Wrath

September 27, 2005

Initial assessments of storm-torn areas in southwestern Louisiana showed that many horse owners were able to get out of Hurricane Rita's way before it battered the coast as a Category 4 storm on Saturday, Sept. 24. Veterinarians said that while... Read More

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AHJF Helps Katrina Victims

September 26, 2005

A press release from the board of the American Hunter-Jumper Foundation (AHJF) expressed their sadness over the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. As the need for emergency recovery assistance declines, the board of the AHJF stated they ar... Read More

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Texas Addresses Hurricane Rita's Animal Issues

September 26, 2005

Before Hurricane Rita passed through Texas, agricultural-related agencies and associations teamed up in support of the Division of Emergency Management to address animal and livestock rescue, and recovery and disposal of carcasses.

"In... Read More

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Subscription Delivery Hampered by Gulf Coast Hurricanes

September 26, 2005

While delivery of a magazine subscription is probably the last thing on the minds of people living in areas devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, The Horse would like to assure our readers in these areas that they won't lose their... Read More

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Equine Rescue and Relief in Louisiana

September 25, 2005

The following is a report from the Larmar Dixon Expo Center in Louisiana.

The horse rescue and relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina are still ongoing and have been a resounding success. A total of 381 animals (approximately 15... Read More

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Texas Horses Evacuate

September 24, 2005

As Hurricane Rita begins to make landfall, evacuees are stuck in gridlock traffic. In some areas traveling a single mile can take up to four hours. And these folks are seeking shelter for their animals.

"The traffic is maddening," said... Read More

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Texas Prepares for Rita

September 24, 2005

With the Hurricane Rita preparing to make landfall, many pet owners are scrambling to find refuge for their animals. The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) in response has placed a list of holding areas for those evacuating the Hurricane's... Read More

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USEF Hurricane Equine Relief Fund Will Assist Rita Victims

September 24, 2005

All donations made to the USEF Equine Relief Fund from Sept. 23, 2005, forward will be used to assist victims of any 2005 hurricane, including Katrina, Rita, or any others that could occur.

The Fund will assist those agencies working... Read More

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Hurricane Rita Texas Preparations: TAHC

September 23, 2005

The Texas Animal Health Commission has set up an emergency hotline to provide pet owners with information on available shelters by county.

The number is: 800-550-8242 and operates Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm

Pre-selected shelters... Read More

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Preparing for Rita in Louisiana

September 23, 2005

BATON ROUGE— Still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Southern Louisiana braces for the oncoming power of Hurricane Rita.  In anticipation of this Category 4 Hurricane, the Louisiana State University Hurricane Equine... Read More

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Louisiana Rescue Horse Shoeing Task Force

September 23, 2005

The American Farrier's Association (AFA) President Craig Trnka, CJF announced the formation of the Louisiana Rescue Horse Shoeing Task Force created to provide care for the horses affected by the recent hurricanes, according to a press... Read More

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ETI To Match Funds For Equine Hurricane Victims

September 21, 2005

At the September meeting, the Equestrian Trails Inc. (ETI) board of directors voted to make a contribution to Hurricane Katrina's equine victims hoping to raise $25,000. The board voted unanimously to contribute up to $5,000 in matching funds fo... Read More

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Making Horses Eligible for Federal Emergency Funds

September 21, 2005

Language making horses eligible for federal disaster assistance is now included in the USDA FY 2006 appropriations bill. The provision was added as an amendment offered by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY). It was passed by voice vote. Its effectiv... Read More

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TheHorse.com Database Aids In Cat Rescue

September 20, 2005

Thanks to the rescue efforts of Shawn Alladio, owner of K38 Rescue, and the list of animals stranded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina featured on TheHorse.com (Read More

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Louisiana Convoy Put on Hold

September 20, 2005

With Hurricane Rita heading for the Gulf Coast, a convoy of feed, hay, and medical supplies from Shreveport, La., destined for Tangipahoa Parish and Plaquemine Parish, has been put on hold until further notice. The convoy of 15-20 trucks and... Read More

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Disaster Training for Veterinarians Pays Off

September 20, 2005

So how do veterinarians who teach school, give dogs rabies shots, and work on lame horses get ready for something like Hurricane Katrina? These folks don’t work in HAZMAT suits in their normal jobs. Most have never been in situations where there... Read More

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Animal Rescue--Two Weeks in Mississippi

September 20, 2005

Tomas Gimenez, Dr.Med.Vet, is a professor of animal and veterinary sciences at Clemson University, an instructor in emergency and disaster planning and rescue (along with his wife, Rebecca, PhD, a Major in the US Army Reserves mobilized to Activ... Read More