5 September 2005

Hooved Animal Rescue & Placement, Inc.
Loranger, LA
email: harporg@I-55.com

Press Release 9/9/05
—Hammond, LA

Undaunted by phone and electrical outages or fuel shortages, volunteers with Hooved Animal Rescue & Placement (HARP) based in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana; Hopeful Haven Equine Rescue of Shreveport, Louisiana; and Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society of Texas have partnered to bring needed supplies to the hurricane-ravaged areas of Southeast Louisiana and Southwest Mississippi. HARP is networking with area veterinary clinics and horse owners to bring supplies to animals belonging to evacuees and storm-stricken local residents.

As the nation has focused on tragedy in New Orleans, outside relief efforts have been slow or absent in many of these areas which remain largely without power, phones, fuel and potable water. This week, HARP volunteers distributed 2,200 pounds of feed, and hay in northern Tangipahoa Parish and St. Charles Parish donated by Hopeful Haven and Ponchatoula Feed & Seed. The three horse rescues have also partnered in uniting lost horses and mules with owners and finding a safe homes in Texas for horses transported from South Mississippi.

On Sept. 10, a convoy of trucks and trailers organized by Hopeful Haven and Bluebonnet Equine Rescues will bring additional supplies to Hammond, Louisiana. A truckload donation from Nutrena Feeds will arrive the following Monday. Volunteers based from Eastern Livingston Parish to Pearl River will distribute supplies wherever needed.

Anyone in Southeastern Louisiana or Southwest Mississippi who needs horse-feed and hay or anyone willing to assist in distribution can contact Hooved Animal Rescue by emailor by calling Debra Reid, President directly at 985-878-0741. Anyone interested in making a monetary contribution can contact Debra Reid of HARP or Debra Barlow of Hopeful Haven Equine Rescue Organization at HHERO at hopefulhaven@yahoo.com.

You can read about the rescue organizations at:
Hooved Animal Rescue and Placement – www.harprescue.com
Hopeful Haven Equine Rescue Organization – www.hopefulhaven.com
Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society – http://www.bluebonnetequine.org