Update: The majority of the horses in the storm ravaged areas of Louisiana were either micro-chipped and/or tattooed, which is allowing them to be reunited with their owners. The LVMA has not yet stated what position they will take on any equines who don't find their rightful owner. While LSER/HFH appreciates the overwhelming response for fostering and adopting any of the displaced equines, we are not, at this point, in need of those services. We have collected a very large list of generous offers already and we thank those individuals.
LVMA Equine Hotline
As of Wednesday, September 21st, 2005, LSER/HfH members are working to remove our horses slated to be in the path of hurricane Rita.
The ranch, located in Galveston County, is under a mandatory evacuation order. 40+ horses are being removed and temporarily relocated to the Travis County Expo Center in Austin to wait out the storm. Additional horses from foster care living in the coastal areas are also due to arrive there over the next few days.
All told, we may have over 100 horses at the Expo Center for several days to a week. Until we know how properties fare in the storm, we are unsure of any ongoing or long-term needs.
Habitat for Horses/Lone Star Equine Rescue will help horse owners from New Orleans and the surrounding area reunite with their lost and missing horses. Owners, whose equines are missing or have been recently sited in the devastated area, should immediately contact the headquarters of Habitat for Horses/Lone Star Equine Rescue at (409) 935-0277. Staff will be available day and night to log your report. To file a missing equine report, the owner will need to provide a detailed description of the equine and its last known location.
Please make an emergency contribution to our Disaster Relief Fund today!