After receiving numerous requests for help from livestock owners, Governor Herbert and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food have announced a emergency program called "Feed the Animals."
Donations made to the program will be used to purchase food and other animals needs for livestock whose rangeland has been destroyed by the unprecedented string of wildfires burning in the state. UDAF Commissioner, Leonard Blackham, estimates that 20,000 head of sheep and cattle have lost their food source in the past week.
“We have established this important fund to help our ranchers, and others, who have lost the ability to feed their animals,” said Governor Gary Herbert. “This is an opportunity for Utahns across the state to pitch in and help our livestock owners remain in business and recover from this terrible fire season.”
The public is encouraged to help with the fund by making a donation:
- Online at www.uearc.org
- By check made payable to UEARC, P.O. Box 616, Riverton, UT 84065-0616
- By cash at any Wells Fargo Bank (indicate you are donating to the "Feed the Animals" fund)
Livestock owners in need of help feeding their animals can also request assistance at the Utah Emergency Animal Rescue Coalition website.