Department of Agriculture and Consumer ServicesDivision of Animal and Food Industry Services
Office of Animal Care and Emergency Response
102 Governor Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: 804-692-4001 Fax: 804-371-2380
Email: animalcare@vdacs.virginia.gov

September 10, 2018  Equine Inclement Weather Resources

In preparation for Hurricane Florence, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has collected resources to help horse owners identify and locate resources that may be helpful during evacuation. The following pages contain a list of facilities that may have available stalls, and online resources for sourcing hay and feed.
VDACS will also post a list of individuals and private organizations willing to supply housing, transportation, or resources for evacuating horses. To be added to this list, please call 804-692-4001 or use the following link to submit information:   HORSE EVACUATION RESOURCE

The resources provided in this document are independent. VDACS has not inspected, vetted, or contacted the resource owners, and does not assume responsibility for the conduct or actions thereof.

Temporary Waiver of Animal Import Requirements into Virginia

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has waived the following animal import requirements for owners and animals evacuating in the wake of Hurricane Florence. This waiver is temporary and will expire on September 30, 2018.

  • Horses evacuated to Virginia with a negative Coggins test in the past 12 months will be admitted without an interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI), provided current Coggins paperwork accompanies the horse.
  • Horses evacuated to Virginia without a Coggins test in the past 12 months will be admitted without an interstate CVI, provided they be allowed to return to their state of origin without a current Coggins or CVI. They must undergo Coggins testing if they remain in Virginia past September 30, 2018. 
  • All other animals evacuated to Virginia will be admitted without an interstate CVI provided they meet all import requirements if they remain in Virginia past September 30, 2018.

Please note that state park facilities may be closed due to the hurricane.  Virginia horse owners taking their horses to another state should check with the destination state for their requirements.  

Please contact the VDACS’ Office of Veterinary Services with any questions at 804.786.2483.

Elaine LidholmDirector of Communications
Va. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services
102 Governor St.
Richmond VA 23219


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