It’s National Day Of The Horse; WAN’s Update About The Horses Threatened By Wildfires In Santa Barbara County

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National Day of the Horse is observed annually on December 13th.

It is a day when people are encouraged to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the history and character of the United States.

Sadly, this year in Southern California, thousands of horses are threatened and displaced by the rampant wildfires.

The most dangerous of the four wildfires still burning in Southern California, the Thomas Fire, is reportedly 20% percent contained as it continues to spread across more than 230,000 acres and into Santa Barbara County. As a result, people and animals are especially at risk now in Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Montecito and Summerland.

Earl Warren Showgrounds

Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara still has room to shelter horses and large animals, according to reports from Jennifer Adame, county Animal Services community outreach coordinator.

As of Monday, Santa Barbara Equine Evacuation volunteers at the showgrounds had more than 400 horses, more than 20 goats, 5 pigs, 17 sheep, 3 cows, more than 10 alpacas and llamas, more than 16 chickens and 1 emu on site.

The Showgrounds, located at 3400 Calle Real, will continue to house the animals until they are able to go back home.

People who need assistance evacuating large animals, livestock or small pets, can call Santa Barbara County Animal Services at (805) 681-4332.

El Capitan Ranch

According to Adame, El Capitan Ranch has space for at least 450 more farm animals.

Paso Robles Event Center

The Paso Robles Event Center is also boarding horses and still has space available.

To accommodate people, the Center has made the following arrangements: Hours of Equestrian housing arrival are 7:00 am to 3:00 pm by arrangement unless under Emergency Scheduling.

The Event Center currently has 190 vacant stalls available for rental (as of 12/11/17). Individuals must notify the Event Center via the emergency phone number at least three hours in advance of their arrival. The 24-hour emergency contact number is 805-712-9005.

The Event Center will arrange for a veterinarian to perform a health Inspection of all horses, mules, donkeys or livestock, and the inspection must take place and be cleared before stalling.

The Humane Society of Ventura County

The Humane Society of Ventura County, has taken in “hundreds of animals” this week at its shelter located at 402 Bryant Street in Ojai.

According to the organization, the cost to keep the shelter open on an average day is $3200.00. During a disaster, such as the Thomas Fire, that number might easily triple.

Therefore, the way people can support rescue efforts is to make a monetary donation to the Humane Society of Ventura County HERE!

As per its website, “The Humane Society of Ventura County is NOT affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States or any national animal welfare organizations, nor do we receive any funding from the city, county or state. We are a private non-profit that serves the people and animals of Ventura County. ONE HUNDRED percent of your donations stay right here to benefit the animals in our community.”

Representatives for HSVC said they have enough food and water for animals and people, but they need Alfalfa hay to feed horses, burrows and alpacas.

People wanting to volunteer or who need more information should send an e-mail to volunteer@hsvc.org.

For all other inquiries or if you have a service you would like to offer please send all information via e-mail to animals@hsvc.org.

People in Ventura County needing assistance with animal evacuations can call (866) 387-8911. Large animals are being held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, located at 10 W. Harbor Boulevard in Ventura.

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