A call for
Aid for Horses in Israel
Impacted by the War
In light of the state of war in Israel, which started on 7th October 2023, Equida (a national Israeli organisation for equine welfare) is collecting donations for horse and donkey owners and farms who have been heavily impacted by the violence and require immediate assistance and support in order to be able to protect and feed their horses and donkeys.
All donations will be transferred directly to those in most prominent need and will enable us to provide essential food, medicine, veterinary treatments and evacuation efforts to safer areas and shelters.
In these dark times, Your Donation could immensely help save the lives of horses & donkeys impacted by the war.
We are grateful for your support in these dark times and hope
and pray for better days for all of Israel.
The Equestrian Community in Israel
There are estimated to be more than 60,000 horses in Israel; many of these horses are caught up in the current war, with no possibility to flee and seek safety, and some with no shelter and care. Horse owners, riding schools, athletes, breeders, and professionals are in desperate conditions without any resources to save their horses. The health and welfare of these horses could rapidly get worse over time due to restricted food intake, risk of starvation and colic due to poor feed quality and inappropriate nutrition, wounds, injuries, stress due to the war environment, and frequent relocation.
These problems are not only related to the lack of medicines and scarce availability of veterinary professionals, but also to the loss of money income for horse owners.
1. Lack of medicines, including painkillers, anaesthetics, sedatives, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs. As well as high costs many owners are unable to afford due to the war.
2. Many veterinarians were drafted into the army, and the remaining vets are under heavy load and are unable to reach many horses in need of medical care in time.
3. Many horse owners have no resources to fund feed, medicine, and veterinary services.
The Equida organisation was founded in 2020 by the Israeli equine nutritionist Shirley Ferber. Equida was created as an educational platform aimed to make evidence-based information more accessible in Hebrew and Arabic to the local community in Israel, to improve the health and welfare of horses, donkeys and mules in the region.
The Challenges We Are Facing
Following the October 7th massacre and the current war in Israel, Equida has been organising volunteers and resources to support the rescue efforts of animals from the southern war zone, and later continuous evacuations of horses and donkeys from both the southern and northern fronts. Over 140 horses, donkeys and mules have already been evacuated to hosting farms across the country, while some remain in areas close to the front due to the logistical and financial challenges of evacuating and hosting large groups of animals. To continuously support the evacuated animals while their owners are currently refugees hoping to one day have homes to get back to, Equida has recently launched a fundraising campaign to fund essential feed and medicine and care for these animals while the war is still ongoing and is presumed to continue for many months.
Among other challenges, we are facing an agricultural crisis with hay supplies running low and scarce grazing areas due to the local climate. As well as delays in the supply of imported feeds.
Furthermore, an Equine Encephalosis Virus has recently been identified as causing an outbreak of infectious fever sickness in Israeli horses for the last few months. With a lack of farm workers, the constant threat of missiles and a lack of supply of medicine, many horses are at risk of escalating symptoms and health concerns due to the virus. While equine veterinarians are overwhelmed with cases and cannot access some high-risk areas.
By making donations and offering support, you will provide the Israeli equestrian community with hope for surviving these dark times and a better future.
How we help
Distributed and delivered emergency humanitarian aid of horse feed to stables.
Relocation of horses from dangerous regions to safer regions.
Coordination of veterinary initiatives to deliver veterinary supplies and provide veterinary services.
Engagement of stakeholders in strategic planning and foresight activities for longer-term development planning.
Collaboration with horse welfare organizations and charities.
Providing information and raising awareness.