Emergency Planning

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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

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Katrina Increases Mosquito Population

September 19, 2005

Katrina Increases Mosquito Population; WNV Outbreak Not Expected

The mosquito population of the Hurricane Katrina-affected areas is expected to increase at a staggering rate, according to Joe Conlon, American Mosquito Control Association... Read More

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LSU Hurricane Equine Rescue Operation (HERO)

September 19, 2005

The Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine Equine Clinic established the Horse Hurricane Helpline on Thursday, Sept. 1, and faculty, staff, and students began fielding countless calls around the clock from people reportin... Read More

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Mississippi Horse Slaughter Rumors Untrue

September 16, 2005

Officials working with the official horse rescue organizations in Mississippi say that rumors that 5,000 horses have been abandoned and/or shipped to slaughter is untrue.

According to official reports, there are very few horses in the... Read More

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Mississippi Animal Relief Fund

September 16, 2005

Anyone wishing to help horses, horse owners, veterinarians, or small animals in Mississippi should contact the Mississippi Animal Relief Fund toll-free at 888/722-3106. Mississippi State Veterinarian Dr. Jim Watson said today (Sept. 16) that... Read More

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Churchill Downs Incorporated Twin Spires Club to Sponsor 'Racing to the Rescue Drive' For Members

September 15, 2005

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) is offering a unique and easy way for racing fans to contribute to the relief efforts in Louisiana and other states affected by Hurricane Katrina. Through its customer-rewards program, the Twin Spires Club... Read More

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Louisiana State University Equine Rescue Operations

September 14, 2005

Whereas the needs of horses and local equine facilities have changed somewhat in the two weeks following Hurricane Katrina, the rescue efforts of the Louisiana State University (LSU) team continue on a daily basis. Horses continue to be brought... Read More

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New Orleans Carriage Horse Update

September 13, 2005

Seventeen carriage horses and two carriage mules from New Orleans' Charbonnet Mid-City Carriage Company are living at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzalez, La. The rest of the company's animals have been moved from Louisiana to a farm in... Read More

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Deworming Strategies and Hurricane Recovery

September 13, 2005

The level of equine parasite transmission should be diminished on pastures that were so flooded they had to be evacuated, said Craig Reinemeyer, DVM, PhD, president of East Tennessee Clinical Research in Knoxville, Tenn. "Many larvae would get... Read More

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LSU Reports Good News for Horses

September 13, 2005

"We have lots of horses that are in fresh, clean stalls," reported Rustin Moore, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, direcotr of the Equine Health Studies Program at the Louisiana State Univerity College of Veterinary Medicine the evening of Tuesday... Read More

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North Carolina Horse Refugee Plan

September 12, 2005

This plan was organized by the State Animal Response Team, North Carolina Department of Agriculture, and the North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine.

If any horses are requested from states affected by Hurricane Katrina are t... Read More

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Evangeline Downs Helps Hurricane Victims

September 12, 2005

The Hurricane Katrina relief benefit initiated by Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino in Opelousas, La., has been added to a growing list of U.S. companies who are successfully raising large sums of money and providing relief for hurricane... Read More

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Notes from the Field, VMAT-2, Sept. 10, evening

September 10, 2005

Following is a report from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Veterinary Medical Assistance Team 2 (VMAT-2) now working in Gulfport, Miss.

Team members, Army personnel, and Humane Society volunteers have spent the last... Read More

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Louisiana Animal Update, Sept. 10

September 10, 2005

Companion animal rescue teams composed of the Humane Society of the United States and Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals personnel are dispatched daily to New Orleans from the Lamar Dixon Expo Center to rescue animals tha... Read More