How to Help Horses & Equestrians in Ukraine
The situation for horses and stable owners in Ukraine is dire. We're compiling a list of resources here to help guide individuals who want to provide assistance to the Ukrainian equestrian community.
If you'd like to suggest additions to this list, please email us: email@example.com. Please note that these suggestions have not been individually verified by NoelleFloyd.com, but rather are a list compiled by a combination of research and suggestions from our reader community. Please use your discretion when making donations, as more and more collection points circulate on social media.
Donate Feed through Ukrainian Equestrian Federation Charity Foundation.
Go here to donate feed/hay, coordinate supply delivery, and more.
Their latest update:
"The logistics hub in Poland is up and running, accepting feed and horses. First convoys are planning to cross to Ukraine Thuesday/Wednesday (8th/9th). In Ukraine side there is another logistic hub near Lviv and a network of distributors. Ukrainian Horse Society and Ukrainian Horse Union have been coordinating help and collecting requests on the field constantly. The logistics and getting the help to where needed is the hardest part of this operation.
The number of people and organizations who have contacted us, offering help, has reached over 900. Besides Europe but there are also many offering help from the United States and Canada, even from Mexico and Singapore.
There are close to 200 contacts offering help with transport from border. There are offers for stabling places to over 1000 horses currently, many can also accommodate accompanying people and their families. Around 130 contacts have offered employment opportunities. Many contacts represent also groups or organizations or are representatives who can coordinate further with local communities.
At the same time, we have launched data collection from clubs and stables regarding there needs for the following three weeks. We map the general situation in their region, situation with horses welfare and ask to provide information on what are the needs."
Make a Disaster Relief Gift via The Foundation for the Horse
The Foundation (which is the AAEP's charitable arm) will be donating all disaster gifts received in March 2022 to trusted veterinary and equine organizations it identifies in Europe, providing emergency relief to horses and animals in impacted areas with the capabilities to provide care on the ground.
Spread Helpful Information
If you're not able to make a financial donation, spreading the word about available resources is a great way to contribute and stand with the Ukrainian people.
The Ukrainian Equestrian Federation Charity Foundation website is directly horse-related.
Vets for Ukraine and the International Fund for Animal Welfare have published helpful information for people fleeing Ukraine with their animals. They also list organizations that are raising funds to support those both in and around Ukraine who are working to protect animals caught up in the conflict.
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