Aiken Equine Rescue coordinating efforts to assist livestock in areas affected by Hurricane Florence

September 27, 2018

Animals in areas of the Carolinas affected by Hurricane Florence are receiving assistance thanks, in part, to Aiken Equine Rescue.

The nonprofit and its president and operating director, Jim Rhodes, are coordinating efforts that have provided five big truckloads of hay, feed and other supplies for livestock, including horses.

Four of the loads were sent to Florence County in South Carolina for distribution and the other went to Wingate, North Carolina, Rhodes reported Wednesday morning.

And, he added, Aiken Equine Rescue would like to continue helping out during the storm’s aftermath.

“They could use five more loads easily right now,” Rhodes said. “We can get our hands on the hay, feed, shavings and vet supplies, but we need money to pay for the shipping and to purchase the hay.”

The costs for the five truckloads already sent totaled nearly $31,850. As of Tuesday, Aiken Equine Rescue had received a little more than $27,000 in donations for hurricane relief.

In northeastern South Carolina, “they are desperately in need of this stuff,” Rhodes said. “They have not seen the worst yet (of the flooding). They are evacuating people and animals as we speak. In North Carolina, they are in a recovery type of mode right now.”

Monetary donations can be made to Aiken Equine Rescue’s Disaster Relief Fund at aikenequinerescue.org or mailed to the organization at 532 Glenwood Dr., Aiken, S.C. 29803.

For more information, call 803-643-1850.

Hurricane Florence made landfall Sept. 14 just south of Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina. Torrential rains and storm surge caused widespread flooding. There also were power outages and wind damage.

At the time of landfall, Florence was a Category 1 hurricane. But earlier during its history, Florence was a significantly more powerful Category 4 storm.

Sustained wind speeds for Category 4 hurricanes range from 130 to 156 miles per hour. For Category 1 hurricanes, the sustained wind speeds range from 74 to 95 miles per hour.

Last year, Aiken Equine Rescue and Rhodes organized relief efforts after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. They collected $160,000 worth of hay, feed, shavings and veterinary supplies for livestock and 53,000 pounds of pet supplies, including food for dogs and cats.

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