The Kentucky Horse Council, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the Kentucky equine community, is providing coordination for the U.S. Equine Disaster Relief Fund to support horse owners affected by last month’s tornadoes in Kentucky. The KHC has experience responding to equine crises through this fund and the Save Our Horses (SoHo) Fund.
“In the past, we have supported many victims of flooding and disasters in other states, and now it is Kentucky which needs this support. Our hearts and prayers go out to all who have been affected by this tragedy. The U.S. Equine Disaster Relief Fund will help Kentucky horse owners with temporary feed and fencing as they work to recover from this disaster,” says Anna Zinkhon, KHC president
“We are also in touch with the Indiana Horse Council to determine the extent of the need there,” she continued.
The KHC has been contacting officials in areas most affected by the tornadoes, to assess the impact of the extensive tornado damage on horse owners.
“We are relieved that over the weekend [after the storms], horse organizations, such as the Northern Kentucky Horse Network, [had] already relayed important information among horse owners regarding temporary shelter and how to assist those victims who have horses,” says Ginny Grulke, KHC executive director. “Buffalo Mounted Patrol has traveled to West Liberty, where the devastation was incredible, to patrol damaged areas until rescue efforts could be fully mobilized.”
When any state needs assistance due to a natural disaster, KHC notifies its members and the Kentucky horse community and begins the process of responding to the needs of the affected horses, typically by purchasing feed which the local response agencies then distributes to affected horses.
Donations to the U.S. Disaster Relief Fund can be made on the KHC website.