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Equine Rescuers Lose Everything

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Raised by 41 people in 10 months
My name is Elizabeth Carr from Greensboro NC.  I am a Co - Founder and Financial Officer of the equine rescue Francis Florence and Friends, based out of Swansboro, NC. The past few days have been tremely rough for us, as we have battled the storm, that will become known as the "once in a lifetime" Hurricane Florence. Ironically named Francis Florence and Friends Equine Rescue, we are a registered 501c3 based in the beautiful little town of Swansboro NC. Shari and Eric Walker, run the physical location of the rescue along side Litteboro Farm.  We are a young organization, and have only been in existence for two years and although relatively new, we have helped many horses and mules from facing an unimaginable death. We rescue horses and mules from some of the worst neglect and abuse imaginable, and use them in ways to help others. Many of these animals have become permanent residents and help teach children to ride,as well as calm fears and sooth souls. If adoptable, we work with the animal and rehabilitate it and work to find loving forever homes. We currently have 30 equines in our care, as well as cows, chickens, pigs, sheep and a very opinionated house goat named Dink. Over the past three days, during a brutal and terrifying hurricane, Shari and Eric stayed right with the rescues, and literally put the equines needs first. While most people packed up and evacuated, Shari and Eric opted to stay with the herd, and ride out the storm. While they were able to secure all lives, and keep the animals safe, unfortunately, their home did not weather so well, nor did some of the fencing or shelters for the animals .Eric is an Ex Marine and proud Veteran. While he and Shari hunkered down in the their home, with the dogs, cats, and a goat named Dink, the whipping wind and torrential rain was to much for their house to take.
Shari and Eric need our help. They literally are the heart of the rescue and we could not function with out them.  They have lost almost everything and still have the responsibility of the animals that need daily care. Currently the rescue  needs help rebuilding for the animals and for Shari and Eric. We need supplies, medical and non medical for animals,the wet weather is extremely harsh on animals. We will be facing skin conditions, abscesses, and many other illnesses this weather and wetness brings.  We will need  extra feed, hay, portable and permanent fencing, fuel and equipment to begin clean up, to name a few immediate needs.They also know there is a good possibility the farm will be a holding station for lost and abandoned animals until their homes are found. Bad things happen to lost animals in this type of situation, so we are needing funds for those extra expenses as well. The plans to raise funds here, on the Go Fund Me site, and Shari and Eric use the rescue credit card for supplies and items they need. I will withdraw the funds from the Go Fund Me to our rescue bank  account, and pay the credit card.
Shari and Eric are tough as nails, but they need help too. They will need some funds for personal items. We feel that is the least the rescue can do for them. Also, we  need volunteers and boots on the ground. If you can, will you please help share our story, and help us continue to help the animals and help Shari and Eric that have given so much.
Elizabeth Carr
Founder
Francis Florence and Friends Equine Rescue
francisflorenceandfriends@gmail.com
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Home sweet camper…. Just wanted to give everyone and update. It’s been almost a month since the devastating Hurricane Florence hit us. Shari and Eric are living in their camper. The camper was used at the “big farm” as a place to have a break from working with the animals, but since their house has been destroyed, they have moved the camper over to the “small farm” (where their house is) and are living in that. They are now bracing for Hurricane Michael to come up from the Florida panhandle. Shari and Eric are waiting on insurance, but the gut punch is that it is probably not going to come close to covering the damage to the house and contents they have lost. In addition, the big farm is leased and all repairs to buildings will come out of pocket. We know we have a LONG road to recovery and clean up. All money from the Go Fund Me is going to get Shari and Eric back in their home, and building repairs to the barns, fencing repairs and farm repairs. One thing they really need is a permanent tractor on the farm. That would make clean up easier, and help run the farm and rescue. They were chosen as a recipient of a donation from a retired Marine’s fundraising campaign. The picture below is where they were granted the check in front of some of the damage at the farm. Shari and Eric have done so much for their community past and present. Please continue to share their story so we can continue to help them, help others.
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Just wanted to give an update on the rescue and Shari and Eric. The clean up and rebuild process is under way, but they need help! Not only are Shari and Eric rebuilding the farm, but their house too. There is so much to pick up and clean up. It will be a while before things are back to "normal". Please continue to share and help them rebuild. Thank You!
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Hello, just wanted to update! First, the good news. All animals at FFF- ER are doing remarkably well , considering. If you are wondering why we have such a lofty dollar goal... I will give you the bad news, the roof blew off the barn, most of the fencing is down, and the roof on the chicken coop is gone, over at "the big farm". This means, we can not move the horses back "home" for a quite a while. Shari and Eric also have the daunting task of rebuilding their house as well. We have put together a "want" list of items we are needing, which can be found on our facebook page and website. Additionally Shari, Eric and the crew are also assisting with water rescues and horses standing in chest deep water. This take resources. Thank you for your help and consideration, we will keep you updated! We will post some pictures soon!
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