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Grants available-

January 16, 2014

I am updating this blog post for applicability to Hurricane Harvey, and to add/remove grant makers as needed.  There is also information in here that is applicable to those recovering from wild fires, earlier floods, etc.
~Vivi 8/31/17

Harvey/disaster specific grant makers:

  1. (ASPCA emergency/disaster grant, includes the hay support grant mentioned below)
  2. (all animals)
  3. (specifically for shelters- they are doing Harvey grants)
  4. (fabulous grantmaker, but has to go through/to a qualifying organization- I have worked with my local Animal Control to get petsmart donations for disaster relief before).
  5. (active Harvey supply drive in Lexington)
  6. (emergency horse feed assistance)
  7. (The AVMF provides several grants each year to veterinarians, Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMAT), state and national organizations for reimbursement, relief, disaster planning, training, and response efforts. We are committed to raising funds to go directly towards the Animal Disaster Relief and Response efforts.)
  8. (disaster assistance for farms, ranches, etc)
  9. (general information and links for farming/ranching assistance)
  10. (the Harvey specific programs may not have been released yet)
  11. (pays for 75% of average fair market value for livestock killed by weather or attacks by animals re-introduced to the wild)
  12.  WILLIE … need I say more.  Love this guy for all he does for farmers.

I want to thank my friends Sarah Barnett, at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and Rebecca Gimenez, Director and head instructor of Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, Inc.  (TLAER, Inc.)- she LITERALLY wrote the book on Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue for all sorts of situations, for this pretty darned extensive list of grants:

FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR GRANTS – Don’t say that we don’t try to help you make it happen… LOL! here are a few that you might want to check out… updated as of 8/2017.

1) The ASPCA Equine Fund provides grants to non-profit, equine welfare organizations in the United States for efforts related to horse protection. Grant info is available at:

2) ASPCA Emergency Hay Support Grants are available for 501c(3) rescues that have been hit hard by rising hay prices. In 2008, ASPCA equine-related grants totaled more than $500,000 and were distributed in 40 states. To apply, go to

3) The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation provides support for animals in domestic pet programs including animal welfare foundations, pet rescue and rehabilitation organizations, therapeutic and humane education pet programs. For more information, a pdf document is available at

4) The Brennan Equine Welfare Fund assists equine rescue shelters across the country that provide dignity to aged, injured, abused, starved and slaughter-bound horses, as well as those used in medical experimentation. This fund supports registered, 501(c) (3) organizations that specialize in retirement and rehabilitation services and offer a peaceful and permanent sanctuary for horses. Shelters which offer carefully scrutinized adoption and replacement services are also supported. To apply, go to and click on “Grant Proposals.” (For additional information the 2015 contact was Linda Pavey at (513) 561-5251 or

5) The Equus Foundation raises public awareness in the value of horses through education and awards of grants to charities that illustrate the benefit of horses, promote equine welfare, and elevate equestrian sports. Visit

6) The Foundation Center is an excellent source of information for various kinds of potential funders. They offer an extensive SEARCHABLE database on U.S .grant makers as well as training programs (some are free while others are fee-based) covering all aspects of fundraising. They also publish a guide for foundations interested in funding environment- and animal welfare-related organizations. Locations are available in libraries across the country.

7) The Petco Foundation Grant was established in 1999 and since then, has raised and distributed more than $34 million through fundraisers and donations. To be eligible, local organizations must enlist the support of their local Petco store. For more information, go to or call 626-287-0952.

8) PetSmart Charities awards grants to 501c(3) animal welfare organizations. For more information on grant applications and guidelines, go to

9) AAEP Foundation accepts equine specific funding requests that are dedicated to the health and welfare of the horse. Funds are awarded to those requests that have the most impact on a national and/or international level.

10) Equine Protection Fund The Trail’s End program subsidizes some veterinary fees and disposal costs for humanely euthanizing suffering horses and other equines. To qualify, low-income horse owners must have verification from a licensed veterinarian. Emergency feed assistance is available to horse owners who have incurred temporary financial difficulty (job loss, medical emergency, foreclosure, etc.) within the past 6 months. The also provide assistance for gelding.

11) Heart of a Horse The Heart of a Horse Foundation will provide a grant for farms, fellow non-profits associated with horses (rescue, therapy, community outreach) and individual horse owners needing support and assistance obtaining medicine. Horses are being slaughtered and put down for reasons otherwise handled by proper treatment and medicine; this grant will help rectify these cases.

12) The following are “libraries” of grantmakers specific to animals, welfare, etc: (animal welfare, multiple sites listed) (large “library” of grant makers & resources) (another library of animal rescue grants, mostly dealing with sheltering). (“member” list of animal grantmakers)

Programs directed specifically to Thoroughbred rescues or sanctuaries

13) After the Finish Line provides funding assistance to rescue organizations devoted to caring for Thoroughbred ex-racehorses and broodmares. They provide both grants and emergency funds to qualified Thoroughbred rescue and retirement organizations located throughout the United States. For more information on this grant program, go to:

14) Blue Horse Charities was formed in 2001 to assist organizations that provide Thoroughbred racehorse retraining and adoption, and the emphasis is to keep all Thoroughbreds out of the hands of “killer buyers.” For more information or to fill out a grant application, go to:

15) The mission of Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA) is to “provide a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers, by supporting retirement, rescue and research and by helping the people who work with them.” This enables TCA to offer equine grants for Thoroughbred rescue, rehabilitation, retraining, adoption, retirement and euthanasia. For more information, visit:

16) CARMA is dedicated to the goal of providing funding for the rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement of Thoroughbred horses that have raced in California.


Severe Weather preparedness

December 21, 2013
  • TN, AL, MS, Northern GA, KY, AR- we are all in the “greatest threat” for severe weather today. MAKE PLANS now… Here are some ideas (not a complete list):

    1) gather up a “go bag” of essentials- a spare set of keys, identification for every member of your household, some cash/credit cards, water & food, CLOSED TOED SHOES (preferably with heavy soles that will protect your feet from sharp objects), warm clothes or layers, prescription medicines and other IMPORTANT belongings – these all need to be things you can carry with you. Each person should have his/her own bag, and heads of households should have IDs or copys of IDs for everyone. DON’T FORGET YOUR INSURANCE PAPERS. Also, don’t forget to keep cell phones and tablets charged, carry spare charging cables so you can re-charge at a shelter or where-ever you might end up.
    2) INCLUDE all identifying information about your pets- go out right now and take photos of your pets, include any special markings.
    3) put together “go bags” for your pets- carriers, some food, water, any medicines, proof of ownership.
    4) Livestock- I always make sure my livestock is NOT IN THE BARN (in 2008 we had to deal with horses in barns that had barns collapse on them after the tornado- or that looked like voodoo dolls due to the explosion of the barn). Make sure you have all your livestock papers with identifying marks noted, so you can prove ownership after a disaster. Livestock markers will help.
    5) If you have trailers for your livestock, load them with spare halters, corral panels, tools, other equipment. You’ll need to be able to “Fence in” your animals if a disaster strikes (and remember, your “regular” fencing may be destroyed).
    6) Here are some websites for disaster prepping:
    FEMA (remember folks, FEMA provides assistance for state and local governments in order that infrastructure can be in place for YOUR personal recovery):
    Some info on disaster prepping for cats:
    Ounces of prevention survival ideas:

    LAST BUT NOT LEAST… talk with your family about meeting places. If you get separated, how will you re-connect? Does everyone have a cell phone? Does everyone know how to text (often cell towers are damaged in disasters, but texting can go through)? Do you have friends/family in another state, that’s not in the danger zone, who can act as a message center? That way, your reunion efforts can be coordinated outside of the disaster area.

    Go take pictures of your property, house and belongings NOW, prior to any disaster. It will make it a LOT easier to prove losses AFTER a disaster. Keep a charged camera in your go bag. Before you start clean up, photograph the damage. I’ve seen instances where insurance did not pay because by the time the adjuster got there, it was cleaned up with no proof of damage.
    These are just some preliminary ideas. Look to FEMA’s site and Red Cross site for more detailed disaster preparedness ideas.

    Best of luck and hope everyone has a safe Solstice!

Disaster Tips for horse owners

June 27, 2013

Horse Evacuations East does a great job of putting people in touch with each other… now they’ve come up with a list of GREAT suggestions as to what to do in a disaster.  Sadly, we now live in a life where being prepared is not just a boy scout motto.  It’s a reality. We have to be prepared for the worst… and hope for the best. 

Here is the link to Horse Evacuation East.  And if you can, PLEASE friend them, learn about what they do, and HELP.  And while you’re at it, get in touch with Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLEAR).  Both HEE and TLEAR have a FaceBook presence.  It takes ALL of us to make a difference in an emergency.  And the best we can do is to learn WHAT to do and hope to hell we never need the information.

Natural Disaster Tips for Horse Owners
by Horse Evacuations East (Notes) on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 2:50pm

Natural Disaster Tips for Horse Owners

from Horse Evacuations East(HEE) and Oklahoma Livestock First Responders(OLFR)

By Michele DeVinney Schmoll(HEE) and Dr. Clayton McCook, DVM(OLFR)


Michele DeVinney Schmoll and Dr. Clayton McCook , DVM have been working with horse owners during natural disasters many years and put together these disaster tips to help you be prepared. With a hurricane you know it is coming and you have time to evacuate.  Other natural disasters such as tornadoes, flooding, mud slides, fire and earthquakes you may not have any warning so you need to pay attention to your weather and environment. You need to have a written preparedness plan and stick to it.   The worst thing you can do is second guess yourself when you are in the middle of a disaster situation.   If evacuation is an option, then do it.  Allow yourself enough time. Do not delay or you may be stuck in traffic with your horse or worse, in the middle of the disaster with no way out.  First and foremost make sure you and your family’s safety is never in jeopardy.   Have everything you need ready to evacuate.  Also make sure you register with the Red Cross’s Safe and Well program so loved ones and friends can find you if they cannot reach you via cell phone.


Stock up on fuel: When the gas stations are without power, they can’t sell you gasoline. Is your car/truck full? Do you have fuel cans that you can fill? Your generator runs on gasoline. Fill fuel cans prior to a storm.  They will not be wasted, even if the storm misses you, because you can use it in your car/truck or lawn mower/tractor.  We keep plenty of fuel cans on our farm for diesel and gasoline.  We also try and keep our generator ready in off seasons to make sure it works.  A generator in our area is a must because we have well water and without it our livestock will not have water.


Walkie-Talkies and CB Radios a great idea to have

Walkie-talkies are great to have in times of disaster.  Ours have a minimum 6 mile range. We have CB radios in our trucks or they do have handheld models with less range.  This way we can talk to each other and call for assistance on the emergency channels if needed. Often cellphone towers go down and you have no way to communicate.


Have Paper Maps

Make sure you have maps of your state and surrounding states in case GPS is not functioning due to downed cellphone towers.  You may need alternate evacuation routes due to damaged roadways or congestion.  Also street sign may be gone after the area is damaged.


Mark your property: Place placards on property fence gates informing firefighters that animals are being sheltered in place there. Owners should also include their names and contact information.  Also make sure your address is highly visible in times of disasters mailboxes are often lost and street signs.  If you need help you want them to be able to find you and your home.


Emergency Contacts

Keep a paper list of emergency contacts and addresses in case you cannot power up your cellphone.

Make sure your list includes Emergency Management, Animal Control, Veterinarian, USDA, Agriculture Department and other numbers you may need.


Team-up with a Neighbor or Horse Friends in your Community

Develop a team plan with a neighbor(s). This may help in the joint use of resources such as a trailer and supplies. It also helps to outline a joint plan. Inform each other in the case of an evacuation. Working as a team, you will be better able to efficiently evacuate in a shorter amount of time.


Evacuations Centers and Facilities

Make a list of all facilities in your state or surrounding states that will be open in time of a disaster that you can evacuate to if you don’t already have arrangements made with a facility.  Know different routes to get there in case your main and fastest route is blocked or congested.  Always have a contingency plan.


Medical Records, Insurance Paperwork and Proof of Ownership

Have a folder of all your horses’ medical records including ownership paperwork in case you have to prove it.  If you put all of your paperwork in one small portable file container it can be quickly located and loaded in case of an emergency.  If you need to travel over state lines you may also need Health Certificates.  If your animals are micro chipped, branded or tattooed make sure you have this information and photos. Have photos of all your animals so you can identify them.  Taking photos with a family member helps in identifying them greatly.   Without Registered Identification on your horse law enforcement often leaves the horse with the person with possession. Stolen Horse International aka lists these ways to register your horse permanently: microchip, lip tattoo, hoof branding, Freeze or Hot branding your horse.   If you have to turn your animals loose see Animal Identification below. 


Vaccinations and Coggins

Make sure you keep your horses up to date on all core vaccines, especially Tetanus and Encephalitis.  Have a current Coggins on your horses. There is a huge risk during disasters especially when there is a lot of debris and flooding involved.   Many facilities will require Coggins if you evacuate to them. Not having animals up to date on vaccinations is a huge risk to take.  Many animals are injured from sharp objects and debris that lacerate their skin.


Equine First Aid Kit 

An equine first aid kit is essential for all horse owners to have in the barn or trailer. Make sure it is in a water proof container. A well-stocked first aid kit kept in the barn will always be available when the trailer is loaded with tack and supplies. A general first aid kit that is routinely updated can be used for emergencies like wounds, colic, foot injuries, dehydration or other trauma and then be available for an evacuation in case of disaster.  Make sure you have a sharpie in it, duct tape and a flashlight with back up batteries.


Horse Medication

If possible, clearly label all horse medication and keep it in an appropriate container that can be quickly located and loaded in emergencies.


Animal Identification

After natural disasters there are hundreds of displaced animals and horses. 95% of these animals do not have any type of identification on them and it makes finding their owners difficult.  We recommend in natural disasters that you horses do not wear a halter because thinks can get caught on them or in fire they can melt if nylon.  If you do leave on a halter make sure it is a break away and it is leather.  One of the goals of Animal Rescuers is to find loose horses and get them reunited with the owners as soon as possible. These suggestions will help tremendously. Remember, you cannot have too much identification on your horse.   If you have lost or found a horse please call your local Humane Society to register it.  A wonderful resource for lost or found horses is Stolen Horse International aka  In natural disasters we encourage you to also file report on and they will waive their fee.  Netposse recommends more permanent solutions of horse identification such as: Microchip, lip tattoo, hoof branding and freeze or hot branding your horse.

  • Fetlock Bands or Evacuation Collars also can be used depending on kind of disaster
  • Braid a water proof luggage tag, ribbon or dog tag with your name, 10 digit number and address on it into their mane.  Try not to use the tail sometimes it can cut off circulation or get caught.
  • Paint your 10 digit phone number on their side with spray paint, livestock paint or shoe polish in case they can’t be caught easily (premade stencils make  it fast and easy to do all animals)
  • If – you move your horses to a facility we recommend you either write your name and number on their halter or we use premade brass dog tags with all our info on them and attached to halter.  You can also put medical information on it if your horse has an allergy or medical condition.  Also putting a sign on their stall helps but they could be moved.
  • Using small animal clippers, body clip the same phone number on your horse’s neck.
  • Do not put a copy of the horse’s Coggins test on the horse. Animal Rescuers may not be the ones to find your horse. A Coggins test is a passport out of state.


Evacuation a few things to remember to take

  • Keep your horse’s dietary requirements written down and bring them with you
  • Bring medication, first aid kit and all veterinary supplies
  •  Bring your halters, lead ropes, wraps, twitch, blankets, fly masks, water and feed buckets
  • Take extra 50 feet cotton rope and flashlights with extra batteries
  • Take hay and feed enough for a week if possible
  • Carrying an ample supply of fresh water and buckets on the trailer will be very important during the evacuation in case you are caught in traffic for any duration. You will want to be able to provide the horses water while waiting on the highway. A generous supply of hay and grain will also be necessary.


Preparing for a Natural Disaster Regardless of whether you stay or evacuate, start early to clean up your property and remove all debris that may be tossed around by high winds or flooding. Remember, trees could be down blocking roads, and you may not be able to return to the barn immediately following the storm. Leave two buckets of water in your horse’s stall. Be alert to signs of smoke inhalation: Along with risk of lacerations and other injuries, horses sheltered in place run the risk of smoke inhalation if there is fire. Owners should be able to recognize signs that their horses have inhaled smoke; coughing, sneezing, or heavy breathing. Veterinarians treat smoke inhalation with antibiotics, as well as drugs that dilate airways and steroid drugs that reduce tissue inflammation. 

 If you plan to weather the storm at home, here are some guidelines:

  • The choice of keeping your horse in a barn or an open field is entirely up to you. Use common sense, taking into consideration barn structure, trees, power lines and the condition of surrounding properties.
  • Remove all items from the barn aisles and walls, and store them in a safe place.
  • Have two weeks supply of hay (wrapped in plastic or waterproof tarp) and feed (stored in plastic water-tight containers). Place these supplies in the highest and driest area possible.
  • Take two plywood boards and spray paint on one side of each board, “HAVE ANIMALS, NEED HELP.” On the other side of each board paint, “HAVE ANIMALS, OK FOR NOW.” Put both plywood boards with your feed supply.
  • Fill clean plastic garbage cans with water, secure the tops, and place them in the barn.
  • Prepare an emergency animal care kit (waterproof) with all the items you normally use: medications, salves, ointments, vet wraps, bandages, tape, etc. Place the kit in a safe place where you can get to it after a storm.
  • Have an emergency barn kit containing a chain saw and fuel, hammers, a saw, nails, screws and fencing materials. Place this kit in a secure area before the storm hits.
  • Have an ample supply of flashlights and batteries, and at least one battery-operated radio.
  • Using camper tie-downs, secure all vehicles, trailers and maintenance equipment.
  • Notify neighbors and family where you will be during the storm.
  • Before leaving the barn, attach identification to all horses.
  • Turn off circuit breakers to the barn before leaving. A power surge could cause sparks and fire.
  • Do not stay in the barn with your horse during the storm.
  • Place a supply of water and hay with each horse.
  • If fire-Remove horses from barns: Horses should be relocated from barns even if those structures are equipped with sprinkler systems. Paddocks or metal-construction areas provide safer shelter. Close up the barn to prevent scared horses from running back inside and becoming trapped.

After the Disaster

  • After the disaster has passed, roads will probably be blocked or flooded. Working in pairs, try to locate your nearest neighbor.
  • Be very careful when you venture outside. Live electric wires could be all around you.
  • See to your animal’s needs, keeping them as calm as possible.
  • Carefully try to clean debris from the barn, and clear the driveway out to the road.
  • Place one of the plywood signs you made earlier at the edge of your driveway, at the roadside, with the appropriate writing facing the road. Place the other sign in a clear area with the appropriate side facing upwards. Aircraft will be flying overhead, and this will help them determine the severity of the effects of the storm.
  • If you do not have a severely injured animal, put the OK sign up. In either case, help will get to you as soon as possible.
  • If you are in an area with high flooding remember that other creatures like snakes will seek higher ground also.  Please watch out for them hiding in dry places on your farm.


Lessons From Prior Disasters

  • Collapsed Barns – Owners thought their animals were safe inside their barn
  • Kidney Failure – Due to dehydration, wandering animals were deprived of water for days
  • Electrocution – Horses sought the lowest areas, in many cases this was a drainage ditch. The power lines that were blown down during the storm were strung over drainage ditches
  • Fencing Failure – Wandering animals, although unharmed during the storm, were hit and killed on the roadways
  • Injuries to animal due to flying debris and burns
  • Trees coming down in pastures due to excessive flooding and becoming a hazard to horses and possibly falling on them.  Check trees on your farm.





  • Colorado Community Animal Response Training: Distributed by Colorado State Animal Response Team, a program of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation.