One Alabama couple is making a special trip to bring a large donation to the farm animals left homeless by the Louisiana floods.
Over the course of the past two weeks, Louisiana floods have devastated homes, farms, and land. The floods caused major evacuations, with many pets and animals being displaced. While evacuating family pets can be done fairly easily, it's far more difficult to evacuate and care for the many displaced farm animals. That's why one Alabama couple has decided to step in and help.
Lorna Revord and her partner, Dennis MacArthur, both own horses and understand how much hay is necessary to feed them. They plan to take their trailer, loaded with 2,400 pounds of hay, to the Louisiana bayou to assist farm animals in need. They will be traveling from Carbon Hill, Alabama, and hope to complete the trip in a single day.
Farm animals must consume large amounts of hay or grass in order to maintain their weight. An average horse can eat 20 or more pounds of hay in a single day. Unfortunately, when hay gets wet it can mold quickly, posing a serious health threat to an animal which then consumes it. Because of the flooding, pasture is saturated and hay supplies have been lost entirely.
Rescuers don't need just hay to care for the displaced animals, though. Donations of halters, water buckets, first-aid supplies, and even pet food are all needed to care for the animals and pets affected by the floods.
Want to learn more about how you can help? Be sure to check out the Louisiana State Animal Response Team's Facebook page for updates about needed supplies and ways to volunteer. The Response Team requests that volunteers don't simply walk in; instead, contact the team ahead of time so that your services may be put to use in the best way possible.