Equine Rescue

Habitat for Horses Hollers for Hurricane Helpers

Hitchcock, Texas based Habitat for Horses (HfH) is gearing up for another hurricane season along the Gulf Coast.

Volunteers leading horses trapped in Katrina flooded pastures to safety

The members and leadership of HfH cut their Hurricane responding teeth on back to back hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and then they were dealt a smack on punch from hurricane Ike in 2008.  One of the few Equine Rescue organizations in the country to be equipped and experienced in rescuing horses stranded, trapped and/or injured after hurricanes HfH is asking for volunteers to assist during the current season as the experts promise it to be a hot one.

Whether you have the ability to respond in person or can man a phone, regardless of where you are, please contact Lauri Barr at lbarr@habitatforhorses.org for additional information and applications.  This is the real deal, hands on sort of rescue where you can really make a difference in saving a horse’s life.

HfH volunteer, Terry Fitch, directing equine rescue operations after Rita

Free online certification courses are available for volunteers.

Habitat for Horses is one of the largest equine protection organizations in the country, with supporters in every state and around the world.  While our main facilities are in Texas, we have foster homes and adopted horses throughout the United States. With hundreds of active volunteers, Habitat for Horses maintains an extensive network of foster homes that devote much of their lives to the rehabilitation and retraining of the equine that come through our gates.”

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  1. Gosh, most of the time I am so disgusted by humanity, and then these stories come along and make me feel better about being part of the human race…


  2. I wish I’d still been in Texas during these storms so I could have helped out. Bravo to all those who were there for the horses, and high hopes for an ever-expanding network of volunteers.

    I don’t know about other states, but New Mexico has instituted an animal rescue emergency preparedness program . It not only covers weather-related emergencies, but disease outbreaks and terrorism (I still don’t understand the “terrorism” part. Maybe it has something to do with government funding).

    Once you’ve completed the course (mostly on the Internet, but also a 2-day seminar), you become certified and are committed to whatever you’re asked to do by the Incident Commander. We feel participating in the program is an integral part of our Mission Statement.


  3. I live just outside houston and lived through all 3 of those hurricanes. Man those were scarey and it sucked to be without power for weeks after. Thank God there are people who watchout for and help the animals!

    Last hurricane a neighborhood across my street had all their roofs blowoff and fly at my house. Thank god I have chainlink across the entire front. They don’t call that fence ‘hurricane fence’ for nothing. It caught those roof tiles like a giant net 🙂


  4. As time and space allows, we will be inserting stories, pictures and videos regarding Habitat for Horses rescue efforts post-hurricanes.

    Many of us believe that participating in these life and death struggles were our “defining moments” when in came to Horse Rescue so please stay tuned for more “Good Stories” and information on how you can be a part of this winning team, regardless of where you live.

    Don’t forget to Email Lauri a lbarr@habitatforhorses.org for more information. The goal is to blow her inbox out of the water with offers to help.


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