One would think that in the midst of a huge disaster like the August 2017 hurricane and flooding in Houston, TX, that everyone would focus on getting people and animals to safety. Right?! Apparently the internet trolls love nothing more than a good disaster to spread rumors. The one going around today says a prominent national rescue was killing horses and dogs and cats. Then it became the local humane society that was doing all the killing.
What astounded me more than anything were some legitimate advocacy groups that bought into these rumors hook, line, and sinker. And they wanted nothing to do with getting the facts correct.
At Horses Without Homes, we will accomplish nothing for equines in need, if you cannot trust the information I provide. I’ve tried very hard to only highlight quality rescues that are managing their non-profits responsibly. I try to ensure every horse I post for adoption is still available – I put up one that was outdated and readily admitted it.
So please, take time to verify what you see on the interwebs. Today, veterinarians, national humane organizations and local Texas rescue groups had to take time away from rescuing and treating Harvey’s furred and feathered victims to try and set the record straight.
Here are some straight up facts you can verify through news reports, real videos, and experts.
1) there are still animals in need of rescue in TX due to effects of the hurricane;
2) the flood waters are super nasty and filled with various contaminants. The longer animals are stuck in them, the worse their long-term prognosis. This is especially true for horses. Did you know that within 48 hours of being stuck in contaminated water, they can develop extremely painful and life threatening rain rot – also known as ‘river rot’ (google it). Some horses recently rescued in TX are already showing signs of skin blistering and swelling in their legs;
[we strive to keep out page G-rated, but this video shows what the horses in TX are up against. The horse in this video was a victim of flooding in Louisiana – https://www.facebook.com/doublediamondequine/videos/280842448964041/?pnref=story]
3) the ASPCA, HSUS, Houston SPCA, and many others made arrangements to move adoptable animals from local shelters to out-of-state shelters. The goal is to free up space in TX to house displaced animals while their owners get back on their feet; and
4) Horses Without Homes will continue providing you with solid, trustworthy information about equine rescues across the country.
Thanks to everyone who has donated to a rescue, shared a post, prayed for horses in need, or just loves horses and believes in our mission.