By Paulick Report Staff

Animal-related charities have put out the rallying cry to their supports throughout the U. S. as their focus shifts from helping horses and other animals in Florida and Texas to assisting with efforts in Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Maria’s wrath has left much of the island devastated, with more than 3.4 million without power and many without access to food or drinking water. When people can’t event take care of their own basic needs to survive, animals often become victims of circumstance.

Aid workers are reporting horses with cuts and injuries consistent with having been hit by flying objects and skin and hoof ailments due to standing in water for lengthy amounts of time. That, combined with little to no access to clean water and hay or necessary medications has rendered them in dire need of assistance.

A horse spotted alongside a roadside in Puerto Rico

The Brook USA, the American counterpart of the international equine charity that offers aid to working equines in third world countries, recently announced that it had reached its fundraising goal of $3,000 as a match for donations being raised by the USEF Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma. Now, it’s attention is shifting to Maria.

All donations contributed to the Brook’s current campaign will go directly to helping equine victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands.

Other organizations are planning and executing extensive fundraising and relief efforts for animals affected by Hurricane Maria. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has deployed its Animal Rescue Team to provide humanitarian and animal aid and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently announced the deployment of a team as well.


A yearling in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. © HSUS