Sunday, 26 May 2013 18:11

Donations Sought to Help Horses, Humans Affected by Oklahoma Tornado

Donations Sought to Help Horses, Humans Affected by Oklahoma Tornado Photo: The Associated Press

Saginaw Valley Equine Clinic is organizing a donation drive for the victims of the Moore, Okla., tornado. Our most pressing need is a truck, trailer, semi or horse-trailer that can be donated to sit at SVEC for the collection of goods for horses and humans. Then, we'd like to know if any of our clients and/or friends or family would have a means to help us transport the goods to Moore County, Okla.

This tornado and its effects have been especially tough for our very own Dr. Kelley Jones, who called that area of the country home for two years. She has many colleagues and friends helping with the treatment of the surviving horses.

Helping Horses

While Oklahoma horse owners lost everything and will need to rebuild from the ground up, friends have said they are most in need of fencing material (t-post, fence and post drivers). Those who now could otherwise bring their horses back home can't because all the fencing is down. Other items needed include: feed (hay and grain), bandage material, vetrap, furacin cream, shampoo and wound disinfectants, halters, lead ropes and buckets. They are also happy to accept any monetary donations to assist them in purchasing supplies to care for these horses until they are placed.

The following clinics are providing unlimited equine care and accepting donations (cash, check or credit card) to help defer the cost of horses' medical expenses:

Equi-Center Veterinary Hospital
6600 W. Rock Creek Rd.
Norman, OK 73072
(405) 366-9328

Equine Medical Associates
2625 West I-35 Frontage Rd.
Edmond, OK 73013
(405) 348-3130

Interstate Equine Services
2536 S. Ladd Ave.
Goldsby, OK 73093
(405) 288-6267

Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine has set up a relief fund. Learn more here.

Helping Humans

SVEC also is accepting donations for humans. Most needed is gift cards for food, groceries and gas. Other donations can include: wheel barrows, shovels, infant supplies (diapers, formula, etc.), laundry soap, personal hygiene items, nonperishable foods and gently used clothing. To give a monetary donation, visit the Red Cross.

Let's come together for Moore, Okla., and show them that the horse owners of Michigan are here to help!

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