Skye Fire (imaginethewolf) wrote in kytackshoptalk,
Skye Fire
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News about hurricane affected horses... I am cross posting this from the Louisiana Equine Council group:

Most of you know me and I am spitting mad to know that there are
several sham groups out there collecting money.... maybe LA horses
will see some of it, but I am not holding my breath! Be very wary of
other groups claiming to be collecting for the relief fund. According
to Bonnie we have yet to see any money from any of these groups
though at least one has made it clear that they plan to remove horses
from our area!

Donations to the Walter Ernst Foundation through the Louisiana
Veterinary Medical Association are funding ALL legitimate equine
rescue/care in LA (information at bottom of post). Bonnie Clark,
President of the LA Equine Council (LEC) and publisher of the LA
Horseman's Guide is coordinating the rescue efforts and this is the
ONLY group working directly with FEMA, LVMA (LA Veterinary Medical
Assn) and LEC. At the website lvma.org there is a downloadable
hurricane donation form. On this form you can specify if you want
the money to go to greatest need, animal relief, or veterinarian
relief. There is an 800 # below and they may be able to take credit
card info over the phone.

Horses being rescued from the New Orleans area are being housed at
the Lamar Dixon Expo center in Gonzales where they are receiving
care. This is a safe and secure site and within easy distance of the
greater NO area.... we do not want horses spread all over the south!
They will NOT be leaving this site, until they are reunited with
owners. Some of the organizations claiming to be soliciting aid and
funds are already advertising that horses will be available for
adoption in several days! This is FALSE!!!! If you hear of horses
available for purchase or foster from our disaster area, be aware
that they have been taken illegally!
Our statewide microchipping plan is helping greatly with the
identification of many of the horses. If your own horses aren't
freezebranded or microchipped... run don't walk and get it done!

I have just gotten off the phone with Bonnie Clark who is tirelessly
coordinating the effort and staying at the Expo Center. She says
that as of tonight (Sunday, Sept 4th) if you are close enough to come
to the expo center, she will need more volunteers soon as the LSU Vet
School students will be returning to class on Tuesday. Halters and
Lead ropes are needed, feed is being purchased as needed (from money
from the foundation) and currently there is 2,000 bales of hay on
site, so hay is okay for now. Flat back buckets are in short
supply. Again, purchases are being made as needed with foundation
money so cash donations are wonderful. At some point stock trailers
and trucks will be needed to both bring in supplies to owners/horses
who are secure and don't need transport out (just help) and to haul
out stranded horses. But until at least Tuesday this is taken care
of... will post again if more help is needed.

PLEASE cross post this message to other sites, I just don't have time
to do it right now. I know that some people want to donate and I
hate to see the money going to the wrong hands.

Grace Simcoe
Secretary LEC (Louisiana Equine Council)



Media contact: Dr. Rebecca Adcock 225-578-9826
Dr. Walter J. Ernst, Jr. Veterinary Memorial Foundation
And Louisiana Veterinarians
Working for Hurricane Katrina Recovery
Baton Rouge (9/2/2005) – The devastation in the Southeast Louisiana
caused by Hurricane Katrina
threatens the lives and health of thousands of pets, livestock and
exotic animals as well as the veterinary
medical infrastructure in the area. Animals, animal owners and
veterinarians have suffered and will
suffer further in the weeks and months ahead. The Louisiana
Veterinary Medical Association (LVMA)
and the Dr. Walter J. Ernst, Jr. Veterinary Memorial Foundation are
working to save animals and assist
animal owners and veterinarians to recover from the disaster and
properly care for pets, horses and
livestock.
The Dr. Walter J. Ernst, Jr. Veterinary Memorial Foundation is
accepting donations to assist with
reducing the impact of the Hurricane Katrina disaster on the health
of domestic and agricultural animals
and the veterinary medical profession in Louisiana. Donations may be
made payable to "WJE
Foundation" with a memo of "Hurricane Katrina Fund". Send
contributions to 8550 United Plaza Blvd.,
Suite 1001, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. More information can be obtained
at www.lvma.org or call 1-800-
524-2996.
The Dr. Walter J. Ernst, Jr. Veterinary Memorial Foundation was
established by the Louisiana Veterinary
Medical Association to further the welfare, knowledge and integrity
of the profession of veterinary
medicine, promote animal well-being and humane treatment, and educate
the public and the veterinary
profession concerning the health of all animals.
The Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association, founded in 1905, has
over 800 member veterinarians who
are dedicated to advancing the science and art of veterinary medicine.
Dr. Walter J. Ernst, Jr. Veterinary Memorial Foundation
(Federal Tax ID # 72-1507753)
8550 United Plaza Blvd. Suite 1001
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Toll Free : 1-800-524-2996
Local: 225-928-5862
Fax: 225-408-4422
Website: www.lvma.org
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