Texas equestrians have raised a lot of money in a short amount of time.
Too big to be easily transported, countless horses were still in Harvey's path when the Category 4 hurricane hit Houston last week. Their owners were forced to flee, and the equines were left to wade through floodwater, battle high winds, and seek safety all on their own.
As the winds died down, hundreds of Texas horse owners were desperate to find and secure their animals. They needed help, and the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund answered their call. In only one week, over $400,000 was donated to the fund. Individual horse owners made donations, and organizations like Ariat and Brooke USA gave generous pledges.
HELP the horses affected by Hurricane Harvey. Remember Me Rescue and After the Finish Line are hosting a fundraiser in the Clubhouse Lobby of the Del Mar Race Track on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4th. If you can't attend, please make a donation of any amount at, http://afterthefinishline.org/donations.htm We are raising money to purchase truckloads of hay to feed the horses. Our fundraiser tables will be filled with sales items and raffle items. You can also add to our Donation jars. Please help. #hurricaneharveyhorses #hurricaneharvey #offtrackthoroughbred
The near-immediate response to the need for help is a demonstration of the equestrian community's strong commitment to helping each other. Over $50,000 was raised in the first 24 hours, and the donations haven't stopped coming in. All of the money raised will be put toward hurricane relief--specifically the rescue efforts put forth by the Houston SPCA, Texas A&M University, and the Texas Equine Veterinary Association.
While the floodwaters are receding, the displaced horses aren't out of danger. There will be an ongoing need of support to help house, feed, and provide medical care for horses separated from their owners. The American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation lists the supplies Texas will need and how to donate on their website. TEVA has also set up donation drop-off locations throughout Texas.
If you'd like to contribute to the USEF Disaster Relief Fund and help save Texas horses, make a donation on their website.
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