Mont , January 9, 2007— Snow storms, wildfires and droughts in the Western United States have created a dire situation for stranded farm animals and hungry horses in the region. By making over $55,000 in donations, The Humane Society of the United States hopes to provide relief for these animals.
Colorado's Cattle and Other Farm Animals
The Humane Society of the United States announced today a $10,000 pledge to the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation's Animal Emergency Relief Fund to help the thousands of cattle, goats and pigs trapped by the recent blizzard. As the animals await rescue, The HSUS hopes this pledge will help support the current in-place feeding program.
“The series of snow storms created an emergency situation for some of Colorado's farm animals, and we are concerned with the immediate welfare of the stranded creatures,“ said David Pauli, director of The HSUS' Northern Rockies Regional Office. “Colorado authorities have shown their dedication to helping these animals, and we're glad there is a way The Humane Society of the United States can support their efforts.“
Under the guidance of the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team and the Division of Emergency Management, the Civil Air Patrol and the National Guard have conducted aerial searches to identify farm animals who have been trapped by snow. Very tall snow drifts have made reaching the animals by ground impossible without the use of heavy equipment. Air drops of hay target groups of animals, and provide assistance to ranchers and their families. Since January 2, the National Guard and the Civil Air patrol have dropped approximately 80 tons of hay.
Severe drought and past wildfires have made feeding horses in the Western United States difficult at best. These ecological disruptions have caused a shortage of hay and alfalfa. Two donations by The Humane Society of the United States hope to help feed horses in need.
The Humane Society of the United States today announced the results of auctioned VIP Indy car-racing packages that helped raise money for horse sanctuaries in the upper Midwest and Western states. $30,588 will go to sanctuaries and horse rescue groups in Alaska, Idaho, North Dakota and South Dakota that have been impacted by severe drought and other factors such as wildfires. The VIP packages were generously donated by Mari George, the Chairman of the Board of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Humane Society of the United States today also announced a $15,000 donation to the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros in South Dakota. The money will be used to feed the organization's three herds suffering from the Category 4 drought.
HSUS Disaster Services aims to help animals involved in emergency situations. For more information on HSUS Disaster Services, visit www.hsus.org/disastercenter.