Rita Texas Preparations: Texas Animal Health Commission
Information Hotline 800-550-8242
The Texas Animal Health Commission has set up an emergency hotline to provide
pet owners with information on available shelters by county.
number is: 800-550-8242 and operates Monday-Friday,
8 am to 5 pm
at the left: Hurricane Rita as of September 22, 2005 Photo Credit: National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center.)
shelters are currently open and have been receiving evacuating horses and other
animals. Lists of available shelters/stabling are also available thru local emergency
management and the Texas Animal Health Commission. These are published on their
web site http://www.tahc.state.tx.us. This link can also be accessed in the Hurricane
Equine Relief area of the USEF website. Additional information is available on
this web site as well. More information will be available if necessary following
For more information, please contact
Maria Partlow, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications on (859)
225-6941 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. USEF press releases are available
on our web site www.usef.org.
Hurricane Equine Relief Fund Will Assist Rita Victims
KY) All donations made to the USEF Equine Relief Fund from today, September
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 directly with the equine victims and refugees from hurricanes.
Every dollar of the money donated to the fund will be used to support efforts
to deliver food, veterinary services, and shelter for horses and ponies in the
stricken areas. All donations are tax deductible. Donations can be made online
at www.usef.org or by check made out to the USEF Hurricane Equine Relief Fund
and sent to:
The United States Equestrian Federation
4047 Iron Works
Lexington, KY 40511
To Donate by Fax: 859-231-6662
more information, please contact Maria Partlow, Senior Vice President of Marketing
and Communications on (859) 225-6941 or via email at email@example.com. USEF press
releases are available on our web site www.usef.org.
Horses - Preparing for Rita in Louisiana
Hotline Reinstated (225) 578-9501
LA) - Still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Southern Louisiana
braces for the oncoming power of Hurricane Rita. In anticipation of this Category
5 Hurricane, the Louisiana State University Hurricane Equine Rescue Operation
has reinstated the horse rescue hotline at:
Anyone having knowledge of horses in
need of evacuation or rescue due to the hurricane is encouraged to contact a Hurricane
Equine Rescue Operation representative at this number. This helpline will be in
effect on a 24 hour basis beginning this evening at 6:00 pm.
owners concerned for the welfare of their animals are encouraged to evacuate them
if possible. Those unable to evacuate their animals are encouraged to open stall
doors and pasture gates, allowing animals to flee the storm as necessary. Having
tattoo or microchip numbers, photos and other evidence of ownership will be helpful
and necessary for owners to claim their horses in the future. Helpful tips to
become reunited with displaced horses following the storm include painting your
telephone number on the side of your horse and/or fastening ownership identification
materials to its mane. Following the storm, the Hurricane Equine Rescue Operation
team and volunteers will begin attempts to retrieve injured and/or stranded animals
as soon as possible and re-unite them with their owners.
is provided exclusively for horses in need of evacuation/rescue. Those wishing
to volunteer their time or services or provide supplies and/or equipment should
visit the website of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine at www.vetmed.lsu.edu
or the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association at www.lvma.org. Persons wishing
to provide monetary to assist the Louisiana Horse Victims of Hurricane Katrina
and Rita, are encouraged to forward their contributions to "LVMA Equine Committee
Foundation" (write "Horse Hurricane Relief" on the memo line) and
mail to Dr. Sonny Corley, LVMA Equine Committee, 121 E. Gloria Switch, Lafayette,
LA70507 or call 337-235-9945.
For more information,
please contact Maria Partlow, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications
on (859) 225-6941 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. USEF press releases are available
on our web site www.usef.org.