Hurricanes are often a way of life in southern coastal states. It is vital you have a plan to ensure your horses (and all other livestock) will be safe in the event of a high category storm. Below are links to some great resources:
NC Disaster Information Center – Horses & Horse Farms: Hurricane Preparedness
NC Department of Agriculture – Live Stock, Horses, and Poultry: Disaster Preparedness, Response & Recovery, and Assistance
NC Department of Agriculture – Equine Disaster Response Alliance
National Equine Emergency Directory – Help with emergency trailering, stabling, supplies, and veterinary care
Identifying Equine Neglect
If you see something, say something! Here are some guidelines to aid in identification of equine neglect:
Is clean, freshwater readily available?
Are the animals being provided food daily? Access to grass pasture and/or hay/grain?
Are the hay feeders clean and safe?
Does the hay or grain look moldy or spoiled?
Does the animal(s) bodyweight appear appropriate? – A body condition score chart can be found here for reference.
Do the animals have appropriate access to shelter?
Are the shelters/barn safe and generally clean?
If you feel the situation should be investigated, call your local animal control or sheriff’s department. To help with the investigation, it is important to provide the following information:
Geographic location of the animal (exact address, if possible).
Date, time, and weather conditions; note the temperature if possible.
Description of the animal: any distinguishing markings, other important features (e.g. injuries).
Description of the physical surroundings: type of enclosure, type of footing (e.g., muddy, pasture), if food and water are available, type of food and water, if shelter is available, and if so what kind, the state of the enclosure (e.g. clean or cluttered).
Note any other animals in the enclosure. If there is more than one animal you’re concerned about, use the guidelines above to make notes about each.
If possible, take photos. Be mindful not to trespass or endanger your safety.
Cape Fear Equine Rescue
1146 Little Kelly Road
Rocky Point, NC 28457
Serves Brunswick, Columbus, Pender, New Hanover, Onslow, and Duplin counties
Riding on FAITH Equine Rescue
2582 Josh Circle
Supply, NC 28462
Serves Brunswick County
Horse Protection Society of NC
2135 Miller Road
China Grove NC 28023
Serves all of North Carolina
County Specific Animal Control List
New Hanover County
3950 Juvenile Center Road
Castle Hayne, NC 28429
168 Agriculture Place
3280 New Savannah Rd