Caring for Animals During Emergencies

By Lawrence Machado
The Hawkesbury Riding Club is keen to promote the welfare of horses and caring for animals during emergency situations facing residents in the Hills and the Hawkesbury.

The club, founded in 1978 as the Kellyville Riding Club before changing its name in 2008, boasts of 300 members, including riding and no n-riding members.

The club, located behind the Hawkesbury Showgrounds, is hosting an important information evening on Tuesday, April 19, focussed on helping horses and other animals in emergency situations during fires and floods. It will be held at the Richmond Club, Richmond, from 7pm.

Hawkesbury Riding Club spokeswoman Mary Jane Reid said the free event is intended to support the creation/updating of existing emergency plans for fires and floods which have devastated sections of the Hills and Hawkesbury residents in recent months and years.

“The information evening is also a chance for the community to discuss the events of the last two years, how we can assist each other and what have we learnt,” Ms Reid said.

Dr John Parbery of the Hawkesbury Equine Clinic, Leeanne Raines of the Department of Primary Industries/ Emergency Management Services, Luc Roberts, Operation Officer, Hawkesbury District RFS, and a representative from the Crisis Animal Response & Evacuation (which rescued scores of animals during the floods) will be the guest speakers at the information event.

Details: Contact Jane Reid on 0401 478 689 or email: [email protected]

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