Lexington, Ky. – Aug. 30, 2017 – In addition to the human victims of Hurricane Harvey, the catastrophic flooding has also caused a great deal of suffering for animals. Though Brooke USA’s mission is to significantly improve the welfare of horses, donkeys and mules and the people they serve throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, the scope of devastation by the natural disaster in Texas motivated Brooke USA to step in. Brooke USA has pledged to raise $25,000 to match donations to the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund.
“Although Brooke USA’s efforts typically target equines in developing countries, we are deeply compelled to help support the rescue of equines in Houston, Texas, and the surrounding areas in light of the destructive flooding of Hurricane Harvey,” Executive Director of Brooke USA, Emily Dulin said. “We encourage everyone who has a passion for providing life-saving rescue efforts and cares for horses in need to donate through Brooke USA’s Texas Disaster Fund in any amount possible to help us match $25,000 in donations to USEF.”
Headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, Brooke USA supports sustainable equine welfare programs through fundraising and stewarding donations to the areas of greatest need. Through their pledge, Brooke USA will support the USEF Equine Disaster Relief Fund. The fund was developed in 2005 during the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina as a way to help ensure the safety and well-being of horses during natural disasters. Since its inception, over $370,000 has been donated to aid horses across all breeds in disaster-related situations. All money donated to the fund is strictly used to benefit horses and horse owners. 100% of the donations will go to the Houston SPCA and other regional equine disaster relief efforts to provide relief from Hurricane Harvey.
Encouraging donations to help the horses affected by Hurricane Harvey, US Equestrian CEO Bill Moroney said, “as part of our commitment to the health, welfare, and safety of horses, the USEF Disaster Relief Fund was created to assist horses impacted by devastating natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey.