Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina will experience the impacts of the hurricane through this weekend.
Hurricane Matthew has taken a devastating path through the Caribbean and is now bearing down on the coast of Florida. It is expected to move along the southeast United States coast through the weekend.
Residents of the areas of projected impact have been urged to evacuate. Here are some evacuation resources for horse owners in affected states:
A searchable database of relocation resources is available at evac.flahorse.com If you have space available in a safe location, you can also provide your information to help other horse owners.
Bar M Ranch Rescue has offered stabling and is compiling some evacuation resources on its Facebook page.
The Florida Horse Park in Ocala has offered stalls for evacuees for $10/night as well as trailer hookups for $25/night. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 352-307-6699
Floridahorse.com lists these resources on its website.
- Sunshine State Horse Council – Searchable stable directory
- Sumter Equestrian Center, Bushnell, FL – emergency stabling and camping – 352-303-4325 LEAVE A MESSAGE.
- Marion County Animal Care and Control (352) 671-8900
- Broward County Animal Care and Control (954) 359-1313
- Palm Beach County Are and Control (561) 233-1201
News4Jax.com lists these pet-friendly shelters:
Houston County * Horses ONLY* 60 Stalls
Georgia National Fairgrounds
401 Larry Walker Parkway
Perry, GA 31069
Sumter County Humane Society
108 Industrial Blvd
Americus, GA 31719
Tift County Extension Bldg
1468 Carpenter Rd
Tifton, GA 31794
South Carolina Resources:
The Hippodrome in Aiken County has 300 stalls available. South Carolina residents can call 211 for more information about stabling at the Hippodrome, as well as finding pet-friendly accommodations as most shelters do not allow pets.
North Carolina Resources:
The Equine Disaster Response Alliance maintains a list of emergency facilities here.
There are two regional shelters available depending on the storm track.
The Virginia Horse Park in Lexington is offering free stalls for evacuees if the storm reaches Virginia before moving out to see. Contact the stabling office at (540) 464-2966.
Be prepared for a natural disaster in your area. Visit HorseChannel.com/Emergency for more resources for horse owners.
Likewise, Elaine Nash on Facebook has a wealth of information: https://www.facebook.com/elaine.nash?fref=ts