TAHC Urges Livestock and Pet Owners to Protect Their Animals Before Disaster Strikes

Flooding across the state of Texas has been at record levels. Stories of horses being rescued have been all over the news.  At Habitat for Horses, our backhoe was sunk in the mud and damaged by the torrential rains. Any amount you could donate to help us with this and future repairs due to the rains are very much appreciated! Click here now to donate. Here is a picture of volunteer Smokey Culver opening the gates to get into the ranch over the weekend. We do have some truly dedicated volunteers! ~ HfH



TAHCAUSTIN – With the rain, flooding and tornados across our state, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) reminds Texans to take appropriate steps to prepare your livestock, poultry and pets before disaster strikes.

All animals are vulnerable to issues associated with torrential rains and floods. Such events can easily impact both animal and human health. Proper planning and preparedness are key in preventing or minimizing the loss of livestock and pets. Stay informed and protect your livestock and pets against potential severe weather threats.

Make plans for your livestock and pets in case you need to evacuate your home or ranch. Remember that disasters often displace animals left behind so it is imperative that you have a way to identify your animal(s). Ear tags, microchips, brands, contact information attached to halters/collars, and pictures of you with your animal are good ways to prove ownership after a disaster.

In addition to your personal disaster kit, put together supplies that may be needed for your livestock/pets.
A livestock/pet disaster kit may include:
• A waterproof container in which to store feed and equipment
• A one week supply of feed
• A one week supply of water
• Copies of veterinary records, breed registry and any paperwork proving ownership
• An emergency contact list
• First aid kit
• Detailed diet and medication instructions
• Maps of local area with possible evacuation routes

The TAHC is the State’s lead agency for all animal issues during disasters. The TAHC coordinates planning and training activities with local jurisdictions, state and federal agencies, industry partners, and nongovernmental organizations, to ensure the state’s livestock and poultry industries, and companion, service and assistive animal owners are prepared.

In addition to planning activities, the TAHC assists local jurisdictions with response issues such as conducting animal search and rescue operations, animal identification, damage assessments; addressing animal care, evacuation, and sheltering; and coordinating carcass disposal activities through partnerships with stakeholders like the veterinary community, other state agencies, and industry groups. The TAHC also
offers specialized response capabilities including the Horseback Emergency Response Team.

For more information on how to protect your livestock when a disaster occurs, read the TAHC brochure,
Protecting Livestock When Disaster Strikes at

For more information on how to protect your companion, service, and assistive animals please visit:

Founded in 1893, the Texas Animal Health Commission works to protect the health of all Texas livestock, including: cattle, swine, poultry, sheep, goats, equine animals, and exotic livestock.

Read original PDF from  TAHC: http://www.tahc.state.tx.us/news/pr/2015/2015-05-27_ProtectLivestock.pdf

AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Daryl

    So far away , I would of helped, so nice of other to do so, bless them and the ones who are in the middle of this mess, praying for you and your live stock.

    May 27, 2015
  • Daniel Cordero

    Hope everybody is OK and that you will be able to repair the backhoe. That’s quite expensive equipment.

    May 27, 2015
  • MS

    I pray and hope for you … hang in there, fight every step of the way to keep everyone safe … nature will be nature.

    June 1, 2015