Flooding in cities along the Mississippi River has forced many residents to evacuate, often abandoning their homes and belongings. In natural disasters such as this, horse and pet owners must make quick decisions about how to keep their animals safe.
With horses and other large animals, evacuation becomes even more complicated. Horse owners are encouraged to make arrangements for housing and trailering and evacuate well ahead of time to prevent a last-second scramble.
In Memphis, the Agricenter International has offered 600 stalls for horse owners to use during the flooding. Owners must take care of their own horses but can use the stalls for only the charge of two bags of shavings. Some hay has been donated, but more is needed. To find out more, contact the Memphis/Shelby County EMA at 901-525-1515.
The Women’s Horse Industry Association is collecting donations for horses and horse owners in Tennessee affected by the flooding. For more information, contact Catherine Masters, Executive Director, at 615-730-7833 or visit WHIA’s website at www.womenshorseindustry.com
For horse owners in Louisiana, which is still bracing for the worst of the flooding, the Louisiana State Animal Response team has compiled a list of horse transport resources for evacuation on its website, www.lsart.org.