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Donate to SCHC Fire Relief 2017 Fund

In the midst of these terrible fires, Sonoma County Horse Council knows how critical donations are to recovery and rebuilding for the future. The Council's Equine Disaster Relief & Preparedness fund is an existing fund set-up after the Valley Fire indicated the need for such a fund. Proceeds shall be used to provide relief to local victims with equines and equine businesses and for preparedness programs going forward. Donations may be made online using our secure donation form directly below. Info for donation by mailed check can be found on the donation form as well. 

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Your support for those in need of assistance is so appreciated and critical in this time of immense challenge. 

 

 

NorCal Fires Status Updates

10/18/2017

On behalf of the Sonoma County Horse Council, we hope you and your animals are safe, or at least in a safe haven for now. We offer our condolences, sympathy, and support to all of you who may have lost your home, personal belongings, and/or animals during these deadly and ravenous fires. We will have a long road ahead, but we are so very encouraged by the incredible outpouring of love and kindness that was shown and continues each day.

With that, it is appropriate that the contents of the winter issue of the Horse Journal be stories from our equine community. Stories of survival, rescue and recovery. Stories of coming together at a time when it was needed most. Stories of future plans to rebuild and come back better than before.

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10/18/2017

THANK YOU ALL FOR ALL OF YOUR INQUIRIES AND OFFERS OF HELP!

We are swamped with amazing offers from all over the Bay Area, but need some of your assistance to sort through all of the phone calls and emails.

PLEASE DISTRIBUTE TO YOUR COMMUNITY TO REDUCE CALLS AND EMAILS TO US.

EVACUATIONS: 
Large animals of all kind are still being evacuated to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and other fairgrounds around the North Bay. If you need
evacuation assistance, please call 415-377-0776 . The owner must be the one to make a call in order to ensure the safety of the
animal. Please stop distributing any “reposts” of evacuation requests - our evacuation team is duplicating completed efforts and straining our team.

VOLUNTEERS:
If you want to volunteer at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, please input your information to this spreadsheet - 
https://docs.google.com/…/12FnzgxdRSY6HrLe613RY7o3wKy…/edit…
OR
fill out this form which may be easier https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfxOE1fMON5UbTbA…/viewform…
OR
call the Fairgrounds at 707-545-4200 . These methods of volunteering help us best to coordinate volunteers. Volunteer shifts are minimum 4 hours long (8a-12p, 12p-4p, 4p-8p, 8p-12a, 12a-4a, 4a-8a). We are in special need of volunteers in the evening and through the night. To get to the Fairgrounds, please enter off Aston Ave from Petaluma Hill Rd, Brookwood Ave is blocked off for Emergency Personnel only.

DONATIONS:
The best way to donate is a monetary donation and there are several ways to do that. If you are interested in making cash donations, there should be a way to donate at https://www.sonomacountyhorsecouncil.org/ by the end of the day today (Friday) or you can write a check to the Sonoma County Horse Council with a memo stating “2017 Fire Relief” and mail to PO Box 7157, Santa Rosa, CA 95407. If you are interested in donating money for feed or supplies, please call one of the local feed barns such as Western Farm ((707) 800-4453) or Rivertown Feed ((707) 762-4505) or Larsens Feed ((707) 527-7328). They know what supplies are needed at the evacuation centers and can advise you to purchase the appropriate supplies and then will deliver to the evacuation centers. If you have physical donations please take them to the Animal Services Center at 1247 Century Ct, Santa Rosa, CA

THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL OF THE GENEROUS OFFERS, IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED IN THIS TIME OF NEED FOR SO MANY PEOPLE.

- Denise Gilseth and the Sonoma County Horse Council

 

10/12/2017

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR INTEREST IN VOLUNTEERING AT THE FAIRGROUNDS. WE ARE SWAMPED WITH OFFERS WHICH IS FANTASTIC. TO EXPRESS INTEREST IN VOLUNTEERING, PLEASE HELP US BY PUTTING YOUR CONTACT INFO IN THIS SPREADSHEET.

10/11/2017

We need donations of orchard grass hay and shavings purchased thru Western Farm, Rivertown Feed or Larsens Feed - they will deliver.  We will also add your name to our volunteer list.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!  Please join the Sonoma Co. Horse Council!  We need people who can get in there and help when needed!

Check the Sonoma County Horse Council Facebook Page for additional updates

 

 

About The Sonoma County Horse Council

 

The Sonoma County Horse Council is a nonprofit organization founded in 1993 to promote the health and well-being of horses, and support horse-related activities in Sonoma County.

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Your membership helps unify the horse community into a single, powerful voice. The Council is a resource for the horse community to provide owners and lovers of horses access to information on a range of issues from questions relating to horse ownership and use, to land issues, political concerns, stewardship of the land, and disaster preparedness. Learn more:

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Equi-Ed has enhanced lives through the therapeutic power of the horse for 24 years. We serve veterans and kids and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. Equi-Ed is affiliated with Santa Rosa Junior College but functions independently as a non-profit community organization.

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