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To all of our friends whose horses and other four-legged companions hit with the devastation from hurricanes
HARVEY, IRMA, MARIA, and other horrible weather all over the Southwest and Southeast of America: There’s nothing more tragic than taking care of our beloved horses and other animals we love so much during these precarious times.

It’s at times such as these that nature throws us a curve ball which requires all animal lovers to help all our friends, not just in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico but everywhere our help is needed.


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Here's How You Can Help Animals Affected By Hurricane Harvey
Six ways to assist: Read Today’s headline with live links where your donations can help. https://www.today.com/pets/hurricane-harvey-flooding-how-help-save-animals-pets-t115618

Pet Food Makers Launch Initiative to Help Animals Affected By Hurricane Harvey
The recent Hurricane and related weather that has hit the gulf coast has devastated the lives of millions of Americans and their pets. In an effort to offer relief Tuffy’s Pet Foods, makers of NutriSource, Pure Vita and Natural Planet pet foods has launched an initiative that will provide aid to pet parents across affected areas. Join us in our effort. https://www.gofundme.com/hurricane-harvey-reliefnutrisource?mc_cid=f550553b7f&mc_eid=b8fb92bfb7

Hurricane Harvey: Aid for Veterinarians
The dangers and damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and its days-long ... We are working with the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and the ... provides disaster reimbursement grants to AVMA member veterinarians who ... The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine is assisting both people and animals affected. https://www.avma.org/KB/Resources/Reference/disaster/Pages/hurricane-harvey.aspx


The Texas Equine Veterinary Association
TEVA has specified donation hubs located around the state. Visit https://texasequineva.com/  to find out where to donate please take feed supplies, feed, buckets, halters, shavings, etc.

The AAEP Foundation Equine Disaster Relief Fund 
https://foundation.aaep.org/form/foundation-donation Financial donations are beneficial, as well, because of the difficulty in getting supplies from outside of the region to affected horses. Supplies are also being collected around the country for transport to affected areas. Go to: https://foundation.aaep.org/supplies-needed
One such is underway at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) office inside the Kentucky Horse Park, in Lexington (4033 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511). Donation hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Labor Day hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon. Call the AAEP office at 859/233-0147 for directions. Arrange after-hours donations by contacting Keith Kleine at kkleine@aaep.org or 859/327-8750.

USEF Disaster Relief Fund
Equine Assistance TX, FL & PR. https://www.usef.org/donate

Habitat for Horses 
A Texas-based charity that helps rescue horses, and is working to rescue horses in need now. https://www.habitatforhorses.org/

SPCA of Texas 
https://spca.org/give


Here's How You Can Help Animals Affected By Hurricane Irma

University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
Offers state of Florida resources and addresses how to prepare for disaster. http://sheltermedicine.vetmed.ufl.edu/2017/09/05/irma/


The AAEP Foundation Equine Disaster Relief Fund
https://foundation.aaep.org/form/foundation-donation  Financial donations are beneficial, as well, because of the difficulty in getting supplies from outside of the region to affected horses. Supplies are also being collected around the country for transport to affected areas. Go to: https://foundation.aaep.org/supplies-needed

One such is underway at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) office inside the Kentucky Horse Park, in Lexington (4033 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511). Donation hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Labor Day hours are 7:30 a.m. to noon. Call the AAEP office at 859/233-0147 for directions. Arrange after-hours donations by contacting Keith Kleine at kkleine@aaep.org or 859/327-8750.

The Equine Chronicle
Hurricane Irma Horse Resources: A comprehensive resource for Evacuation Site Lists, Emergency Tips, Prep Kits. http://www.equinechronicle.com/hurricane-irma-horse-resources-evacuation-site-lists-emergency-tips-prep-kits/

SPCA of South Florida
The South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Miami, Florida. http://www.spca-sofla.org/ and
http://www.spca-sofla.org/south-florida-spca-bracing-for-hurricane-irma-with-54-horses/

USEF Disaster Relief Fund
Equine Assistance TX, FL & PR. https://www.usef.org/donate

The Garrett Coliseum
Livestock Shelters in Alabama Accepting livestock affected by hurricane Irma.
http://www.thegarrettcoliseum.com/livestock-shelters-open-in-alabama-in-preparation-for-hurricane-irma/


Here's How You Can Help Animals Affected By Hurricane Maria

On Sept. 28 representatives from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), American Veterinary Medical Association,The Jockey Club, and US Equestrian met with HSUS to discuss how the groups might combine to help the horses in Puerto Rico.

The AAEP Foundation Equine Disaster Relief Fund
https://foundation.aaep.org/form/foundation-donation Financial donations are beneficial, as well, because of the difficulty in getting supplies from outside of the region to affected horses. Supplies are also being collected around the country for transport to affected areas. Go to: https://foundation.aaep.org/supplies-needed

Brooke USA's
Now, we're going to tackle Puerto Rico and make sure we're helping the animals left in Hurricane Maria's wake as well. 100% of the donations that we raise for the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund are tax-deductible and will go to regional equine disaster relief efforts, to support emergency response groups and to help horses impacted by both of the hurricanes.

Brooke USA's mission is to improve the welfare of working equines in the poorest parts of the world. However, we believe that the devastation in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico is of such scope and scale that it is only right that we make an exception and do what we can to assist these equine victims who are in our own backyard.
https://www.brookeusa.org/disaster

HSUS Disaster Relief Fund
https://m.secure.humanesociety.org/site/Donation2?df_id=23944&23944.donation=form1&s_src=web_ws_maria_id432459442

US Equestrian - USEF Disaster Relief Fund
US Equestrian, Equestrian Canada, the Pan American Equestrian Confederation (PAEC), and the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation (CIEF) have banded together and are jointly spearheading an effort to fund, source, and ship horse feed and vital equine medical supplies to those Caribbean islands that have been devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. https://www.usef.org/media/press-releases/the-usef-equine-disaster-relief-fund-extends

USEF Disaster Relief Fund
Equine Assistance TX, FL & PR.  https://www.usef.org/donate

Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare Inc.
I am Shelley Blodgett, co-founder of Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare Inc, a non-profit (501c3) that helps Thoroughbreds racing in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. I think there is a story that needs to get out.  http://adoptcaribbeanottb.org/adopt/donate/

There are 864 U.S. Thoroughbreds (all Jockey Club registered) stabled at Hipodromo Camarero Racetrack in Canóvanas, Puerto Rico. The racetrack, including the barns, was heavily damaged during Hurricane Maria. Further, the horses cannot leave their stalls due to debris, downed fencing and flooding. They are standing in water, and there is NO clean water or hay. I was told that they are giving them some grain (presumably without water). No horses died during the storm, but some needed stitches and such…..Read more… http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/letter-to-the-editor-shelley-blodgett-on-hurricane-maria/

CANINE & FELINE
The Sato Project
Hurricane Maria made landfall in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, the exact location of Dead Dog Beach where The Sato Project has focused our rescue efforts for the past 6 years. It brought 155 mph winds, huge storm surges, and torrential rain and flooding that have pummeled the island into submission.

The mayor of Yabucoa has issued a statement that 99% of its municipal buildings have been destroyed. The Sato Project is mobilizing to provide supplies and support to our team on the ground in Puerto Rico, and to transport as many dogs as we can to safety in the coming days and weeks.  Your gift will help us ensure that countless animals are not left behind to suffer on their own during the long road to recovery ahead. https://www.thesatoproject.org/what-we-do

The Sato Project works directly in the area of Yabucoa, the region of southeast region of Puerto Rico that received a direct hit on Sept. 20, with winds up to 155 miles an hour and “catastrophic” flash flooding. The Yabucoa region, which is characterized by extreme poverty, has an area known as Dead Dog Beach, which is a target location for the organization. As the name insinuates, many dogs end up here involuntarily and are left with no food or fresh water to survive. The Sato Project has saved over 1,600 dogs since 2011, and continues to do so with the help of donations.

Island Dog
Island Dog is located on the east coast in Luquillo, with spay and neuter programs located throughout the island. The organization's main request of donations is medical supplies that are lacking for veterinarians on the island. Additionally, they ask donators to write a letter to the Puerto Rico Tourism Company to inform them about the devastating problem and ask for resolution.

With the unexpected arrival of Hurricane Maria, Sali Gear, co-owner of Island Dog and resident of Virginia Beach, raised money and chartered a plane in two days that brought over 300 animals from the affected areas in the Virgin Islands to her farm in Virginia Beach. Gear told the Virginian-Pilot, “I did it because it had to be done. People have moved heaven and earth to make this happen.” In order for more projects to be funded like this one in the wake of the hurricane, donate to Island Dog here. http://www.islanddog.org/home.html

Second Chance Animal Rescue
Second Chance Animal Rescue which was founded in 2000, currently houses over 90 rescues and has rescued and placed thousands of dogs in homes. They thrive off of donations and animal welfare grants. While any donation is welcome, they ask people to donate adult or puppy food to a specific Petsmart location pick up. We are in desperate need of donations at this time after hurricane Maria & Irma! We are doing all we can to raise money to help rebuild the rescue! http://www.scarpr.org/

The stray dog problem in Puerto Rico is only persisting, and the declining financial situation, as well as Hurricane Maria, is only a recipe for disaster for these animals.
Here are just a few more names of organizations that are doing similar work in Puerto Rico: 

Amigos de los Animales
http://awos.petfinder.com/shelters/PR17.html

Save a Sato
http://www.saveasato.org/

How to Help
Puerto Rico Animals in Need
http://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/manos-por-patas/

There are plenty of places to donate to that desperately need the help they are not getting from the government.




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