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Oklahoma tornado relief: How can you help the horses?


Many people were shocked and saddened by the losses of those in Oklahoma who were affected by the recent tornadoes. Eequine Netowrk has decided to help in the way of what they do best, which is to bring credible and researched information to those looking for a way to aid relief efforts.

“We understand that in this tough economy, it’s all that some of us can do to be able to afford our horse. So we wanted to let you know that you may be able to give to the relief efforts in Oklahoma simply by caring for your horse,” the press release stated.

The list below is a directory of some of the equine companies we know and trust who are donating proceeds from their sales or contributing directly to help our horse community in Oklahoma.

Take the time to review the list and support their efforts with your patronage. Those interested can follow many publications on Facebook for updates to this list as well as the names of charitable organizations who are providing aid.

In addition, A Home for Every Horse, along with Equine.com, is helping people locate their displaced horses in the tornado-hit areas. If you or someone you know is looking for your horse or you have found a lost horse, please send a personal message on Facebook or email A Home For Every Horse at ahfeh@equine.com. They will be posting these ads on Equine.com as well as on both A Home For Every Horse and Equine.com Facebook pages.

—Absorbine is assisting A Home For Every Horse in supporting Oklahoma horse rescues, as well as posting messages on their Facebook page of ways their customers can donate to relief funds.

—Alpine Publications is donating 10 percent of all sales for the rest of May to the animal relief efforts in Oklahoma City.

—The American Morgan Horse Association (AMHA) and American Morgan Horse Educational Charitable Trust has established a fund to assist with the relief and recovery efforts related to the tornados. These funds will be directed to specific local Moore, Oklahoma, organizations in need of funds or the American Red Cross.

—The American Quarter Horse Association is coordinating a community-wide effort to help with the recovery and relief of victims of the Oklahoma tornados by accepting donations at their headquarters. While AQHA calls Amarillo its home, Oklahoma City is a “home away from home” as Association staff and thousands of exhibitors from across the world travel there multiple times a year for horse competitions, therefore AQHA wants to do anything it can to help.

—Butler Schein Animal Health (a Henry Schein company), in conjunction with vendor partners, has donated a significant amount of animal health supplies to the Oklahoma City Shelter and continues to monitor the situation to identify additional needs. Butler Schein team members in the Oklahoma City area are very involved with the relief and support effort.

­Cowgirl Tuff Company is sending all money proceeds from a live auction at their 1st annual Tuff Foundation barrel race over Memorial Day weekend to help the Oklahoma communities. They will also be sending down a pallet of donated clothes to distribute among the individuals and families that were affected by the storms.

­Denkai Animal Sanctuary is out of Weld County, Colo. They have gathered together volunteers, horse halters, feed, and dog food, and are still gathering contributions for relief efforts. They are a 9-year-old organization with experienced handlers and can be reached at 970-217-1457 or info@denkaisanctuary.org.

—Farnam Horse Products is working with the American Paint Horse Association to bring equine care products to families and equine facilities in need, including fly control, wound care, nutritional supplements and dewormer products.

—Fast Back Ropes is donating $5 of every rope sold at National Saddlery stores and booths during Memorial Day Weekend towards the tornado recovery effort. Fast Back Ropes will be sold at the Barry Burk Junior Calf Roping in Ardmore, Okla., the Future Stars Calf Roping in Shawnee, Okla., the World Series Heartland Finale in Guthrie, Okla., and the National Saddlery Store in the Stockyards in Oklahoma City.

Date: 6/10/2013



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