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July 4, 2012

The HSUS Helps Animals Impacted by Wildfires in Utah and Montana

As dangerous wildfires continue to burn in Montana and Utah, The Humane Society of the United States is working to help the animals in affected areas by providing hay, pet food and supplies.

Over the past several days, The HSUS arranged for the delivery of more than 30,000 pounds of hay to help feed 200 horses at the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation and provided food and water to the companion animals left behind in evacuated areas. The region has been ravaged by the Ash Creek fire, resulting in a widespread shortage of grazing land for livestock. The HSUS secured the hay from Cavvietta Ranch in Huntley, Mont., and continues to work with local tribe leaders to ensure the needs of the animals are met while residents are under evacuation. 

“This is a critical time for horses, livestock and other pets who may have been left behind when people were forced to evacuate,” said Wendy Hergenraeder, Montana state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States thanks the local officials who are working with us to help these animals survive. These destructive fires continue to spread, so there may be more evacuations. We urge residents to take their pets with them if that happens.”

“We are pleased to work with The HSUS to supply hay to these needy horses during this catastrophic time,” said Alex Adamski, owner of Cavvietta Ranch.

The HSUS is also providing hay to Lamont Christiansen, a horse owner in Fairview, Utah, who has already lost 11 of his 120 horses as a result of the Wood Hollow fires.

“I have never seen anything like this in all the years I have been farming,” Christiansen said. “I am at a loss as to what these fires mean for the future of my community. I’m grateful to The HSUS for providing an emergency supply of hay for my horses.”

For residents who may be facing evacuation orders, tips on plans that include your pets are available here: humanesociety.org/prepare


Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 240-751-3943, stwining@humanesociety.org

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