Firefighters are heroes, no doubt about that. This time is no exception. These brave people saved a horse in College Station, Texas, after rising flood waters stranded the animal. The speed of the waters made it dangerous for the horse to remain there. The Hurricane Harvey horse rescue took over half an hour. The video footage below was filmed by fellow firefighter Jeremy Brumley, who was at the scene at the time (and then edited by the dodo).
Hurricane Harvey Horse Rescue From Texan Flood Waters By Fire Brigade
Hurricane Harvey hit Texas this month to disastrous results. Many animals remain stranded and at risk due to the rapidly rising flood waters. But true heroes appear in times of need, and this time is no exception. This is not the first horse rescued by generous and brave people in this terrible situation. We know of Virginian cowboys volunteering for rescue, a Texan father and son team, and many other people going out of their way to save these animals.
Flood waters can be dangerous to horses, for several reasons. Debris and mud can cause fractures, and the rising waters may cause a variety of health issues, such as foot problems and pneumonia. During hurricanes and other tropical storms, it’s always important to keep your horses protected, but also in such a way so they can defend themselves.
How can you help
We can’t always perform daring rescues on our own. However, we can help in other ways. If you want to help, here are some places to do so:
- US Equestrian, Equine Disaster Relief Fund.
- Dallas Equestrian Center created a fundraiser to help these horses, accessible here.
- The Humane Society of the United States (the HSUS helps not only the horses but all pets).
- Habitat for Horses has a Hurricane Harvey donation page.
- Texas Equine Veterinarian Association also has a dedicated donation page.
- Texas A&M Foundation is also providing funds for Hurricane Harvey victims. You can donate here.
- AAEP Foundation is also contributing to Hurricane Harvey relief. You can donate here.
Quarter Horse News also has a comprehensive list of horses in need of aid, and also people willing to provide aid. You can check their list out here.
We hope many more horses are rescued and may find their owners soon.