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Horses escape Colorado Fires

So glad they’re getting the horses out now rather than waiting until it’s too late. If you can sponsor or take in one of these displaced animals, contact your local animal shelter for information. Photo courtesy of facebook, Equine News Today.

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What can you do to help?

Pastures have also dried up at True Blue Animal Rescue in the Washington area. TBAR is experiencing a tremendous increase in the number of horses it’s being asked to take in. Photo courtesy of True Blue Animal Rescue

By ARTHUR HAHN/Managing Editor

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Thursday, August 27, 2009 11:32 AM CDT
Animal rescue organizations say they’re being swamped with requests to take in animals — particularly expensive-to-maintain horses.

Melanie DeAeth, president of True Blue Animal Rescue (TBAR) in the Washington area, said conditions have combined to create “the perfect storm for horse abuse, neglect and overpopulation.”

“Our horse numbers have more than doubled since last year, as have the number of horses taken in by any of the other rescues we work with,” said DeAeth. “It’s pretty scary.

“I think it’s a combination of things. When the (horse) slaughter houses closed, we all knew we were going to be affected by that. And then the economy started to decline, and then the drought hit.”

TBAR currently is maintaining 45 horses at its facility, said DeAeth.

Last week, the organization took in three emaciated donkeys and two horses. Foster homes were found for the donkeys, but TBAR is still looking for temporary quarters for the horses, she added.

And it hasn’t slowed down this week, said DeAeth.

“We just got a call about three stray horses in Washington County that will be picked up today. If they aren’t claimed, TBAR will be searching for homes for them.,” she said.

“We also picked up an abandoned horse in Burleson County Tuesday evening and got a call about a horse in Austin County that was abandoned a couple of weeks ago. If he isn’t claimed soon we’ll need a home for him.

“Lastly, there are two starved and abused horses in Grimes County and the lady that saw them is going to call the sheriff’s department today, so they’ll need foster homes.

“That’s just this week and that’s how things have been going for the last several months. TBAR is taking care of the animals in Washington County, Austin County, Burleson County, Grimes County and Brazos County because they are all local to us. We will help with horses in other counties when we have room but right now we’re staying full right here in our area.”

The problem appears to be statewide, with dozens of emaciated horses being seized on other counties, including 57 in one case alone in Hopkins County last May.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said DeAeth. “Hopkins County was probably the worst thing I’ve ever seen. It was horrible.”

TBAR’s pastures, like many others across Texas, have virtually dried up because of the drought.

DeAeth said the organization is “in desperate need of hay.”

“We’ll buy it, but we’re just having a hard time finding it,” she said. “We used to have corporate donations of hay, and that was with the number of horses that we’re used to maintaining. And now we’ve lost that, and with the drought and with the increase in horses, we’re in desperate need.”

Foster homes are becoming increasingly difficult to find. TBAR pays for veterinary bills and farrier costs for horses it places, but the foster homes are asked to pick up the feed costs. The cost of caring for and feeding a horse can run from $200-$400 a month.

Foster homes must be inspected to ensure they can handle horses, a process that takes some time, said DeAeth.

One of the main reasons for the sudden influx of unwanted horses is what DeAeth called “indiscriminate breeding.”

In the past, some people were breeding horses primarily to be slaughtered and their meat shipped to Europe, but federal court rulings closed down the last U.S. horse slaughter houses several years ago.

“I don’t understand a segment of the people who think they’re (horses are) livestock, and we should have slaughter houses for them,” she said. “Why is it OK to kill horses? They’re not a food source in this country. We shouldn’t be breeding so many.”

DeAeth listed things which TBAR needs — “cash donations, hay, feed, foster homes.”

For more information, visit TBAR’s Web site at www.t-bar.org.

ASPCA Hay Bale-Out Helps Equines in Texas and Oklahoma

In early October, the ASPCA announced that we’re granting a total of $250,000 to 24 equine welfare organizations and animal control agencies in Texas and Oklahoma as part of our “Hay Bale-Out” program. The funds will provide relief for horses impacted by the high cost and short supply of hay—problems that are largely due to regional drought and wildfires.

“The ASPCA is aware that the hay shortage has placed tremendous hardship on horse and donkey rescue organizations and agencies throughout Texas and Oklahoma,” says Jacque Schultz, Senior Director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “Our program provides assistance to those who are struggling to feed the horses and donkeys in their care.”

“The Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT) is grateful to accept this funding from the ASPCA,” states Sandy Grambort, equine and livestock program coordinator at HSNT, one of the agencies receiving a grant through the Hay Bale-Out program. “These funds will help make a difference in the lives of North Texas equines and their owners as the effects of the drought continue to be realized.”

Please visit the ASPCA’s Pressroom to view the full list of organizations receiving Hay Bale-Out funds. And to learn more about the ASPCA Equine Fund, visit ASPCApro.org.

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