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ALERT!! The devastation in Puerto Rico is unfathomable.
Our equine centers are severely damaged, infrastructure and horses seriously affected, not to mention the livelihoods of the people who run them, namely Annie Hastain Turri, Michelle Tinsen and Elaine Kumler Cosby at West Coast Ecuestre & Tania Meisner Bayo and Carlos R. Mendez at Equinoterapia Puerto Rico.
Horses desperately need clean drinking water, hay, feed, medical supplies and vet care.
Barns need repair. Debris and fallen infrastructure needs to be cleared.
Without power and communications on most the island, millions of people, including city leaders and first responders, have been cut off from the world.
There has been widespread flooding and major damages to homes and properties.
Water and electricity are suspected to be out of service for a few months before the power grid is up and working again.
This is going to have a major impact on our livelihood, our ability to care for our horses and the people we serve. We need a helping hand to get through the next few months as we recover from this trauma and build back our lives, especially so we can get back to serving the community, children, women and men with varying abilities who rely on the unique therapies we offer.
West Coast Ecuestre is a small non-profit 501c( 3) organization, equine assisted therapy center located in Anasco, Puerto Rico, with a heard of 10 beautiful horses, some of them rescued from terrible conditions.
Equinoterapia Puerto Rico, Inc. is also a small non-profit 501c(3) with a magical herd of 8 horses serving 60 people of different abilities through their therapeutic programs.
It will be several months before business will resume as usual. Until then we will be relying on donations more than ever to keep our horses healthy and get out therapy classes running again. Please have mercy.
We cannot thank you enough for your compassion and generosity!