Over the past several weeks, the Alberta Equestrian Federation (AEF) experienced an incredible outpouring of support from the equine community in Alberta, across Canada and even across the globe – all in an effort to try and assist equines and equine owners affected by the wildfires of Fort McMurray. From the stories horse owners shared, to those who wanted to do anything and everything they could to help, we are proud of our community standing strong to help their fellow friends and equines.
As of May 24, 2016, the AEF had received of over $20,000 in donations from equine owners, industry contributors and those that simply wanted to help. Businesses and individuals stepped up to donate funds, hay and other items that were on the immediate needs list.
During the mandatory evacuation, the AEF worked with Alberta Ag to coordinate rescue and relief for horse owners. From connecting owners to veterinarians, to staying in regular communication with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, the AEF wanted to identify animal issues and connect them with emergency operations.
As of May 24, 2016, over 60 Fort McMurray resident horse owners (110 horses) had registered with the AEF. Two pick up locations were coordinated with for hay and fly spray closest to the locations where the highest population of horses are. It is expected in the weeks to come that needs will increase as residents are able to re-enter Fort McMurray. The AEF will continue to help support this community where possible. We are very proud of the community and how people have stepped up to help.
Donation of Funds are still required.
If you are interested in providing funds to support the affected equine community, please forward an etransfer (Security answer: fortmacequine) to Email: [email protected] or contact the AEF office: 403-253-4411 ext. 7 or toll-free: 1-877-463-6233 ext. 7.
The AEF is unable to issue tax receipts, however, for those donating over $250, a tax deductible donation receipt can be issued by completing and returning this donation form (with payment) to Alberta Sport Connection (ASC). ASC will forward funds received through this method directly to the AEF. When donated through ASC, the AEF should receive the disaster relief donations within 1-2 weeks after funds are verified; official tax receipts will be issued between 6-8 weeks.
All funds and donated items will go directly to horse owners that have been affected by the Fires in Fort McMurray and area.