Articles: Press Release
USEF Operating NEW Equine Emergency Hotline for Mississippi;
Equine Supply Depots in Mississippi Now Operational
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.
4047 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, KY 40511-8483
Tel: (859) 258-2472
Fax (859) 231-6662
Web site: www.usef.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 8, 2005
Media Contact: Sarah.Lane@usef.org
Lexington, KY - Mississippi horse owners affected by Hurricane Katrina
now have a new lifeline to help through the United States Equestrian
Federation. As of Thursday, September 8, USEF will have a dedicated
phone line to take emergency calls from Mississippians in need of
emergency assistance for their horses.
The USEF Mississippi Emergency Hotline number is (859) 225-2051, and
will be operational daily from 8:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., until the need
has subsided. This emergency hotline number will be for emergency calls
regarding needs for horses only. Operators will not be able to assist
others inquiring about volunteer or donation opportunities. Please
understand that it is essential to keep this line free so those needing
help will be able to get through. Information gathered from the calls
will be forwarded to various rescue and assistance organizations now in
place in Southern Mississippi.
For equine-related emergencies in the Louisiana area, please contact the
LSU Vet School Hotline at (225) 578-9501.
Those wanting to donate supplies to Mississippi, including feed, vet
supplies, and especially hay, should drop them at the following
952 Sullivan Drive; Barn E
This is just off Highway 49 on the south side of Hattiesburg. Donations
of supplies can be dropped there if they are in large, semi tractor
trailers and in large boxes or on pallets.
Smaller loads in horse trailers or smaller trucks should go to:
Jackson County Animal Shelter
4400 Audubon Road
This is in the Gulfport area.
Those wishing to make monetary donations may still do so by logging on
to www.usef.org , and clicking on the Hurricane
Katrina link on the right side of the homepage.
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National Governing Body of equestrian sport in the United States, we
send athletes and teams of the highest caliber to represent our country
at home and abroad. Through more than 2,800 competitions in 27 breeds
and disciplines, we continue to acknowledge equestrian athletes at every
level, and nurture new ones along the way. Our members will tell you and
we agree-equestrian is a way of life. And to us, equestrian means