Saturday, September 20, 2008

Help Horses Hurt by Hurricane

Hurricane Ike did tremendous damage - and horses on Galveston and on a rescue ranch took a very hard hit.

Here's something from a blogger in the area:
I learned last night that there are at least 100 horses still on Galveston Island in Texas needing food and water in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. They have moved an additional 23 horses to a staging area in Santa Fe, Texas. It’s no surprise that one of the people who is coordinating this effort is Jerry Finch, founder of the equine rescue organization, Habitat for Horses.

You can read more here.

Here's the 9/16 update from Jerry Finch:

As of today, HfH has retrieved around 20 horses from Galveston island and brought them to the staging area at Jack Brooks Park. While most are in good health a number of the horses are dehydrated and highly stressed. Because of the horses highly stressed condition, the vet is requiring the horses to be held for 48 to 72 hours to be stabilized. During this holding period the horses will be treated for any cuts and small wounds. All horses will receive tetanus and have a coggins pulled before leaving the staging area.
We continue to take feed and hay to those horses left in the care of others. This is going to continue tomorrow. We have had various reports of small herds of horses on the island, those that have been verified are being cared for by long time local island residents...

Pass the word on, we need to help!


horse rescue said...

There are many horse rescue agencies, which are providing care for horses. A survey says that, basic care for one horse is around $1,500 to $2,000 per annum. So people must also lend hands to these agencies and help the horses to lead a better life.

Breathe said...

Horse rescue groups do work that is so uplifting and heartbreaking - I can't imagine how hard it must be.

I hope we can get some help out there - times are hard, but together we can make a difference...