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Hurricane Michael Horse Relief Fund

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Raised by 203 people in 1 month
My name is Bess Darrow. I am a veterinarian in North Central Florida (Williston/Ocala). A large percentage of our clients live in the part of the state damaged by the hurricane. My veterinary clinic, Tune Ups Veterinary Equine Services, is organizing and sending volunteers into the areas of the Florida Panhandle affected by Hurricane Michael to assist with moving their horses and livestock to safe areas and to provide temporary housing for animals.
We will also be giving veterinary care as needed and assisting in repairing hurricane damage on horse farms.
We are in need of people to help with transporting horses and bringing in supplies such as feed, hay, water, shavings, fuel, generators, etc. , as well as providing stalls or pastures for displaced livestock. A bulk of the work will be moving debris and trees off of fence lines, barns and driveways.
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Tune Ups Veterinary Services
HURRICANE MICHAEL HORSE RELIEF FUND ❗️UPDATE 11/6/18❗️
Hello everyone, we are continuing to travel the 5 hours back and forth to the Panhandle, (Bay County area specifically), to provide veterinary care to the horses and livestock affected by Hurricane Michael.
We are also personally shipping in feed and lots of hay. Access to hay is limited, so they are quite grateful for any that they can find! Our latest challenge, issued today, is to have people donate carport tent shelters to provide shelter for the animals and their feed. If the feed we are providing gets wet, it is no good to anyone!
Thank you for your continued support. You can follow the efforts on our Facebook and Instagram pages. TUNE UPS VETERINARY EQUINE DENTISTRY.
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Hi Everyone!
I am excited to report that we have raised over $14,798 in the past 12 days! Your contributions are helping horses and livestock in the Florida Panhandle. You can follow our journey on Facebook :
TUNE UPS VETERINARY EQUINE DENTISTRY
I have written posts about our daily efforts and am trying to keep our donors informed about our progress. The immediate job at hand when the Hurricane first hit was finding and accounting for as many people and animals as possible. This task was made very difficult because of road blocks, downed power lines and massive amounts of tree debris. That, combined with the lack of communication due to having no electricity or phone service, made rescue efforts quite challenging. At that point we were concentrating on providing veterinary care to injured horses, removing livestock from dangerous situations and reuniting lost animals with their people. The main concern was getting water to the animals, since most extra water stores were blown over during the storm. We were locating generators and gas cans for people and networking to find electricians to wire generators to well pumps. Turns out this is a tricky task best left up to professional electricians. Most people were at a loss because they had a generator and a well pump, but no way to hook them up! Then came the task of bringing in lots of hay, feed, bedding and supplies. This will be an ongoing process while people begin to clear their properties and rebuild their farms. Additionally we began to assist with the clearing of driveways and barn areas and repairing the fence lines that had been blown down. The other main focus has been identifying horses and livestock that need to be temporarily moved from properties while the clean up occurs, either because the owners have too much on their plates and cannot care for their animals, or because the properties are too dangerous to house animals due to the copious numbers of fallen trees, and the masses of wood and metal from collapsed structures. For those animals we are providing medical paperwork, veterinary care and transportation to approved foster homes. In the cases where the economic devastation is too great and people simply can no longer afford to keep their animals, we are providing rehoming services. Work crews have been forming to go in to specific farms and properties to start the clean up. Most people seem to have insurance claims filed and the damage to their homes documented. However, our efforts are focused on helping our friends in the horse community clean up debris and rebuild their fences, horse barns and livestock shelters.
Please form a group of your own and join us in the effort! This will be a very long clean up process, but these people have the spirit and drive to overcome the devastation of Hurricane Michael. Let’s help them in any way we can’
Thank you for your continued interest and support!
Dr.Bess
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Hi Everyone,
I would like to take a moment to clarify that I,
Bess Darrow, of Tune Ups Veterinary Services, have formed a legitimate charity, and am collecting funds to better the lives of horses and livestock affected by the devastating effects of Hurricane Michael. The Hurricane Michael Horse Relief Fund is registered with the State of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.


The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has issued a notice that says any organization soliciting funds for Hurricane Michael Relief must post the following statement:

"A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-HELP-FLA OR ONLINE AT www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com, REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE." REGISTRATION #: CH56780
Mischief and I thank you!
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We are thrilled to have reached $13,933. Your donations will make a profound difference in the lives of so many horses and their people!
Thank you for your support! ❤️
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