Pinery Fire Horse Vet Bills
$31,579 of $50,000 goal
We are Adelaide Plains Equine Clinic.
We have about 10 horses here at the clinic some with life-threatening burns and injuries sustained from the Pinery Fire. This figure is expected to rise over the next few days with Post-fire illnesses. This fire was devastating. Our clients and even our personal staff lost their houses and horses.
Our Vet Dr Elizabeth Herbert and staff spent 5 hours going behind the fire lines on the night of the fire 25/11/15 to assist some of our clients and staff to help with these horses. To call this a war zone is an understatement.
Some of these owners have lost everything and now have very sick and injured horses to deal with including our own receptionist Jodee and our Nurse Sandy who lost 4 horses. But this is for our clients.They are in need of help in both financial and emotional support.
I urge you to help these people in any way you can. Your donation will go directly toward bills for fire affected clients. Some clients have multiple horses here with very serious burns and injuries. The ongoing treatment and care for these horses is likely to be ongoing for many months and cost them thousands. Any donation is much appreciated.
The little white dots are skin poking through. We are hoping that we don't have to do skin grafts but we shall see. We are trying to use air to combat any infections. Love these two horses.
Christmas day is another extreme danger day again. There are still lots of vulnerable areas that have not been burned. My advice is to not try and save your animals if presented with a catastrophic fire like the Pinery fire. If you can prepare a safe place for your horses you may want to create a secured area with no vegetation above or below such as an arena and if you must be away when there is extreme danger put them in there with water. Chances are we will never see another fire like that again, but the conditions this year are ripe for more fires.
Jodie Vaughan, standing holding Crystal, has been one of the many behind the scenes people. She is the financial and personnel director. She organized all the staff and volunteers, and has made sure not one penny of donated money went anywhere except on the medical bills for these horses. She also went up into the fire zone with me and Jordan on the first night after the fire.
We know many of you have lost so much and we want to help all the victims. We do have some medication we are not using now. If you know someone who needs honey, we have a bit left over.
Thanks you all again for your interest and support.
In the chance I don't have time tomorrow let me give you all a Merry Christmas or special holiday greeting from our team here at APEC
The heat was problematic of course but we made a pen out of the sun in our large shed and made great use of the super cooler fans so no one cooked too much. The coronary bands are healing really well and we are excited about the long term prospects for the horses with those injuries. It is amazing that the horses never showed pain with those coronary band lesions.
After the sun went down I had all the horses out on the lawn for about 20 minutes or so. It is amazing to see the transformation of the horses when they hit freedom and grass.
I hate to see my water and electricity bills, but a vets gotta do what a vets gotta do to help these guys.
I am asking for donations of rain and cloud cover . Oh, a cool breeze would not go astray either. Please help where you can....
Penny is the second worst and she has lacerations and the carpal joint injury is still not healing. Probably time to see if she is still harbouring remnants of the fence. She got the new dressing yesterday so we will x-ray her knee when we change it in three days.
The really good news was we didn't have that many people yesterday but we got through the changes by 9 AM !!!!!!!
The new Acticoat bandages allow us and the horses to have a breather and hopefully allow for quicker healing. We are so pleased with the healing. The worst of the sloughing appears to be over, and we are now into the healing process. The three worst are not out of the woods completely, but I feel good enough that I can actually sleep now.
these poor babies :( thank you for caring for them, thinking of you all. Esprcially your staff who have lost their own... I gave what I could afford, I wish I could do more, and I shared this link around too, I hope you get lots of financial help to care for these babies.
My heart goes out to you all. I live in a bushfire zone and was blessed with a change of wind on Black Saturday, but know many people who weren't so lucky. Doesn't matter which states we are in, we are all horse owners and members of rural/semi rural communities. I hope your horses all pull through.
What a great job you are doing......asking my FB friends to help and donate..please
You are doing amazing work, wish I was closer to help. I have a run of 6 shifts then (Ithink) some time off, will message then!
Thank you for the latest update, you are all doing a great job, and I commend you all for it. Yes I saw the two horses on the grass, they must have felt some sort of normal again. Because I live in the Riverland, it is not possible to offer physical help, and I am a pensioner, but I will try and send more donations over the next few weeks. I am glad you haven't given up on these precious animals. I have prayed that God will help them heal completely, even their minds. Thank you Elizabeth and crew, for your care.
I think your all doing an amazing job with these poor animals, this fire was horrendous so many of our beautiful animals have been severly inured. I would have loved to help but I know I wouldn't have coped with the burns side of things, it would be too distressing, but I was only too happy to donate some money and hopefully next pay I can donate some more. Thank you for all your doing, hopefully you can get some rest to.