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Oklahoma tornado horses


Injured horses huddle together after the tornado hit the area near 149th and Drexel on Monday, May 20, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla. (Photo: CHRIS LANDSBERGER | AP)
 Images of the OK devastation at http://www.sacbee.com/2013/05/20/5434927/oklahoma-tornadoes-may-2013.html

From Bloodhorse.com:
The Women’s Horse Industry Network is raising funds to help horse owners in the areas affected by the May 20 tornado in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Within minutes of posting the news about the fundraising efforts, hundreds of dollars were donated and WHIN is hoping the donations will increase substantially once the word of  their efforts has spread, the group said in a press release.
“Many horse owners not only lost their beloved horses but also all of the equipment they need to take care of them. The money we raise will go to help them get back on track and resume their lives with their horses,” Masters said.

Horse Evacuations East is gathering information on needed and available transportation and shelter for horses on their Facebook page

 
Oklahoma horse farm survivor

KFOR interviewed one man who survived the storm by hiding in a horse stall. He told reporters that only one horse at the farm survived.

destroyed horse stalls Oklahoma

Lando Hite was shirtless and muddy all over as he described what happened at horse and entertainment farm in Moore. “It was just like the movie ‘Twister,’ ” he said. “There were horses and stuff flying around everywhere.”

Oklahoma horses
Oklahoma horses

Rescuers recover a horse from the remains of a day-care center and destroyed barns in Moore, Okla. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Steve Sisney)

The Daily Racing Form reports:
Mark Lee, a Thoroughbred trainer who regularly competes in Oklahoma, lost his entire 12-horse stable in the deadly tornado that hit Moore, Okla., on Monday afternoon. Lee was based at the Celestial Acres Training Center that experienced extensive damage at the hands of 200 mile-per-hour winds. He believes a large number of horses were lost in the storm, but said one barn on the north side of the training center simply had its roof torn off and the 20 to 25 horses inside all survived. Lee lives six miles from Celestial Acres.
The Examiner.com reports:
An estimated 75 to 100 horses were killed when a massive tornado tore through Moore, Okla., on Monday afternoon, reported Yahoo News. The horses were located at the 106-acre Orr Family Farm which was devastated by the huge twister. It has been reported that the horses’ stalls and barns took a direct hit from the deadly tornado, whose strength has been estimated as an F4 or F5.
The Orr Family Farm Facebook page will post updates when they can.A horse landed in a swimming pool after a tornado ride: Miracle horse survives tornado – despite being blind and having a barn collapse on top of her:News9.com – Oklahoma City, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports | More images of the OK devastation:
horse trailer Oklahoma tornado

These pictures are of Randy Weidner’s truck, trailer, and barn where his 12 horses were. All of his horses were lost. He and his girlfriend had just enough time to get out with their dogs and the clothes on their back. (From TheHorse.com’s facebook page)

HOW TO HELP:

From USAToday.com:American Red CrossThe American Red Cross has several shelters open in Oklahoma and Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles have begun delivering hot meals throughout the affected areas. The Red Cross is also working to link loved ones in Moore who are OK through a website called Safe and Well. Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, donate online, or donate by phone at 1-800-RED CROSS.Salvation ArmyThe Salvation Army is activating disaster response teams and mobile feeding units to help residents and rescuers in Moore, as well as in other locations in the Plains and the Midwest that were impacted by tornadoes. Donate online or text STORM to 80888 to contribute $10 to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts or make a donation by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY. If you’re sending a check make sure you put the words “Oklahoma Tornado Relief” on the check, and mail it to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK. 73157.Operation USALos Angeles-based international relief agency Operation USA announced it’s providing emergency aid where needed to community-based health organizations across Oklahoma. Donate online, by phone at 1-800-678-7255, or by check made out to Operation USA, 7421 Beverly Blvd., PH, Los Angeles, CA 90036. You can also donate $10 by texting AID to 50555. Corporate donations of bulk quantities of disaster-appropriate supplies are also being requested.Oklahoma Baptist Disaster ReliefOklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief says it has deployed at least 80 volunteers to respond to severe weather in Oklahoma. Those interested in helping can make a tax-deductible donation to the BGCO’s Disaster Relief ministry online or call (405) 942-3800. You may also send checks to: BGCO Attn: Disaster Relief 3800 N. May Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73112.From ThePioneerWoman.com:Samaritan’s Purse:Samaritan’s Purse has deployed a team to Moore, Oklahoma and will respond to the current needs in any way they can. Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma:The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, in partnership with Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, is asking that the public support all rescue, recovery and disaster relief efforts with donations of cash to your favorite responding charity. Financial donations will allow disaster relief agencies to purchase whatever items are deemed necessary without resulting in the additional burden of securing warehouse space and volunteers to work donated product. To make a tax deductible donation to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, go to www.regionalfoodbank.org or call 604-7111 or text FOOD to 32333 to give $10 to relief efforts.Feeding America:Feeding America will deliver truckloads of food, water and supplies to impacted areas through its network of more than 200 food banks and 61,000 agencies. The organization’s food banks will also set up additional dropoff sites.Convoy of Hope:International humanitarian relief organization Convoy of Hope is responding to the Moore, Okla. area this morning. Immediately after the devastating tornadoes struck, a Convoy of Hope assessment team was in the area and tractor-trailers were loaded with emergency supplies at Convoy of Hope’s World Distribution Center in Springfield, Missouri. Those wishing to make a contribution to the OKC and Midwest tornado relief efforts can make a secure online contribution by visiting: http://www.convoyofhope.org. To place a $10 donation on your cellular bill, text the word CONVOY to 50555. Standard text and data rates apply.From KFOR.comLost animals: If you find displaced animals, you can take them to the Animal Resource Center at 7949 S. I-35 Service Rd. (405) 604-2892. They are also offering displaced people shelter for the night as well.Animal aid: The Pet Food Pantry of OKC is offering dog food, cat food, leashes, collars, food bowls, etc to those in need. (405) 664-2858 www.petfoodpantryokc.orgOK Humane is accepting donations and has a list of needed items on their website.OKC Lost Pets: If you’ve lost your pet, post a notice on their website. If you’ve found a pet, or you work for a veterinary hospital or shelter that has taken in a pet, please post. They also have volunteers working on their page to try to connect people with their pets.