Sep 10 2017

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WV helping animals in disaster now!


Do you know what to do in the event of an emergency to protect you and your animals?

Please participate in a statewide conference call to begin development of a WV ‘Pets in Disaster’ Task Force. Join us on Wed., Sept. 13th from 3-4 pm by dialing 800-320-4330 PIN: 819611 #.

Craig Crosby from FEMA and Roy McCallister from WVDA will be on the call.

Please share widely to shelters and rescue groups. All are welcome and needed.

Following the severe floods last summer in WV, much was learned about how to help companion animals and their owners who are displaced by disasters.  Also​ watching​ the ​TX and Fl ​​​​disaster​s​, the need of animals to be included in any emergency plan is evident. Animal groups in WV are beginning work to develop a task force and a plan on how to standardize help and best utilize resources. National groups can come in to help but locals need to be prepared. We need to be ready in WV when a disaster occurs.

WVDA Waives Requirements for Horses Escaping Irma

Charleston, WV – The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) announced it will be waiving normal entry requirements for horses evacuated due to Hurricane Irma. The decision was made after the State Fair of West Virginia offered to help horse owners who are looking for temporary housing.

“In the military, we never leave a man or woman behind. This is the least we can do to help our fellow Americans,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “When our state was flooded last year, our neighbors pitched in. It is time we return the favor.”

Normally, all equines entering West Virginia from other states are required to have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issues within 30 days and a negative Coggins test within the past year. State Veterinarian Dr. James Maxwell made the decision after a conference call Thursday with stakeholders. Many shelters available to those evacuating will not accept large animals like horses.

“This is common practice in emergency situations. Just like people, we must get animals out of harm’s way,” said Dr. Maxwell. “Neighboring states to Florida, like Alabama and Georgia, can run out of stall space quickly.”

If horse owners are looking for shelter for equines, please contact the WVDA, 304-558-3200 or the State Fair of West Virginia, 304-645-1090.


The State Fair of West Virginia is offering shelter for equine evacuated from states affected by hurricane Irma. There will be NO stalling fee for horses. Owners wishing to camp with us can do so at a minimal charge of $15 per night for full hook ups. SFWV can accommodate up to 200 horses.


  • Accommodations must be made in advance by calling 304-645-1090.
  • Owners will be responsible for caring for their own animals. SFWV does not have staff to care for animals.
  • The State Fair of West Virginia can accommodate up to 200 horses.
  • An area (uncovered) is available for exercise.
  • Pets must be either on leashes or otherwise confined at all times.
  • Owners are responsible for cleaning their own area. A designated location for manure will be provided.
  • Parking will be provided for trailers in a designated location, near the barns.
  • Owners are responsible for the actions and any destruction caused by others who are traveling with or visiting while on fairgrounds property.
  • Possession/use of drugs, alcohol, and/or firearms is not permitted on the property.
  • Owners agree to hold harmless and indemnify the SFWV, its officers, directors, and employees from and against any and all claims, demands, causes of action, liability, losses, damages, penalties, and expenses, including court costs and attorney’s fees, arising from or incurred because of The Owners’ actual or alleged actions or omissions with respect to the premises. The Owner assumes all risk of liability arising from or in connection with the space and other activities at the premises and assumes and shall bear all risk of loss or damage to, or theft or destruction of, his/her equipment and personal property at the premises.



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