Dear SCCHA Members,
The wildfires raging in California have affected all of us who care about horses. It is frightening to know some of our friends are in danger, and heartening to hear that hundreds of horses have been safely evacuated. IMPORTANT: We have been advised by those coordinating evacuations that private citizens driving in to help may actually hinder rescue efforts. Please keep the roads clear for evacuees and safety personnel!
AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli
As of Thursday 10/12/17, the Equine Evacuation Units in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties have NOT been activated. The SCCHA showgrounds has NOT been activated for evacuations.
SCCHA wants to help members seeking shelter for themselves and their horses. Accordingly, the usual 4-day limit will be extended to 7 days for members and their guests evacuating from fire zones. Dogs must be leashed or penned at all times. Owners must stay with their animals. Information and paperwork will be available from our groundskeeper, Tricia Dalton.
The SCCHA board has heard from many members who want to help fire victims. In response SCCHA is donating $1,000 to send hay to evacuation centers.
We’ve also compiled a list of agencies seeking volunteers or donations
to help equine fire victims, for your information.
Scotts Valley Feed - 831 438-3194
Organizing and shipping hay to evacuation centers at wholesale cost. Donate cash to help.
Solano County Fairgrounds - www.scfair.com/EvacCenter2017.html 707 551-2008
Housing nearly 500 animals, with 381 more stalls available. A list of donation needs is available on their website, including supplies and onsite volunteers. Call first!
Napa Valley Horsemen’s Association – www.napahorsemen.org
Housing 100 horses, donate cash online via their website to help with expenses.
Sonoma County Fairgrounds - www.sonomacountyfair.com/animal-evacuation.php
Well-supplied with volunteers and supplies per their website. Call 707 545-4200 to volunteer as help will be needed in the weeks to come.
Redwood Empire Fairgrounds (Ukiah/Mendocino County) - 707-462-3884
Housing 150 animals (horses, goats, pigs). Need shavings, shade cloth & portable pens.
Rainbow Agricultural Services (Ukiah)- 707-462-2404
Feed store in Ukiah taking donations and delivering feed & shavings to the evacuation center at the Redwood Empire fairgrounds in Ukiah.
Woodside Horse Owner’s Association – www.whoa94062.org (Day of the Horse)
Accepting cash donations and gently used horse equipment for fire victims Saturday Oct 14 at the Woodside Mounted Patrol Grounds, 521 Kings Mountain Road.
All Animal Rescue & Friends – 16970 DeWitt Ave, Morgan Hill, Noon-8pm.
Delivering donated pet food, feed, and pet supplies to affected areas.
Silva Feed - 12310 Santa Teresa Blvd, San Martin, (408) 683-2348
Transporting donations to affected areas. Has delivered a few loads already.
AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli