Horse Release Program

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Temporary Housing of Horses

Updated November 30, 2020

Tropical Storm Eta Horse Refuge has Ended

On a local level, we have concentrated our efforts on directing the development of a temporary neighborhood center to serve as a holding area before and during a hurricane. Register your horse for the Town of Davie’s Temporary Housing for Horses. This program is for Davie residents or for horses boarded in Davie only. 

 The Town of Davie is offering a horse refuge site for residents whose horse stalls may have been significantly impacted by Tropical Storm Eta. A limited number of animals will be accommodated at Bergeron Rodeo Grounds, 4201 Rodeo Way, Davie 33314. The site is open for horses pre-registered and approved for the Town of Davie Horse Release Program on Monday, November 9, 2020, at 1 p.m. We will also be taking registrations over the phone until we reach capacity. You must provide proof of a negative Equine Infectious Anemia test (EIA or Coggins test) upon arrival. All fees related to this program are waived. 

For the Horse refuge application click here

COVID-19 Information

Due to COVID-19, we will be accepting the forms via email, and the fees have been waived at this time. Please email completed forms to Anna Francis, Event Specialist,

No registration will be available at the site or after a storm watch is issued!

Important Information:

You must obtain and complete the following forms prior to bringing your horse to the hurricane turn-out site:

  1. A completed and signed Animal Registration Form.
  2. A completed, signed, and notarized General Release Agreement.
  3. A completed and signed Good Samaritan Act: Immunity from Civil Liability Form.
  4. Proof of your residency (current utility bill).
  5. An original copy of your horse’s current negative Coggins report that clearly shows the owner’s address.
  6. Photo (profile) of your horse with your horse’s name, owner’s name, address, and emergency contact number on the back of the photo.

Please register your horses well in advance. The number of horses accepted is limited.

Stallions will not be permitted. Please do not bring hay or feed for your horses during their stay, water will be provided. Secure horse trailer arrangements for your horses now. If you have a trailer, try to buddy up with other horse owners going to and from the site.

Local Hurricane Turn-Out

You are encouraged to visit the site for yourself before completing your registration form to determine whether you feel it is safer than your current situation.

Once a hurricane warning has been issued, Robbins Preserve Park Lodge site for horses owned by Davie residents or for horses that live in Davie will open. This site will reopen to retrieve your horses when the winds have subsided to a minimum of 40 mph, or when it is deemed safe by emergency personnel.

For a full map, click here.

Horse Identification

Identifying your animals well is a crucial part of getting them returned to you in the event that they get loose during the disaster. There are a number of recommended ways of clearly identifying your horse(s):

  • Spray paint your telephone number, including area code, on the side of your animal(s) with a contrasting shade of acrylic paint.
  • Braid luggage tags into the mane and/or tail of your horse(s) with your name, address, telephone numbers, and possibly with the numbers of out of area contacts. Be sure the information is written in waterproof ink, and tape the tags to waterproof them further.
  • Fetlock or mare bands with the appropriate information in waterproof ink.
  • Include your Equine’s micro-chip Identification number on your application.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Anna Francis at (954)797-1153 or In order to save a place for your horse, please complete the following forms and mail them back with your payment. We ask that you call with questions now as opposed to when the storm warning is issued.

Horse Microchipping

We have acquired a Hero Advanced Microchip Reader, which is a universal chip reader. Microchipping makes it easier to identify your horse, especially in an area that can get crowded. It’s quick, reliable, and safe for your horse. Here are a couple of benefits to having your horse chipped:

  • It is read-only and provides only the horse’s identification number.
  • Helps prevent theft and aid in recovery during disasters.
  • It is permanent and lasts at least 25 years.
  • Provides an online mobile link for access to your horse’s health certificates and medical records.
  • Are very small and easily implanted.

Your horse can be microchipped at your local Equine Veterinarian. It is recommended that you invest in microchipping your horse because it will help assist the Town in keeping better track of your horses and handle check-in/check-out in an efficient manner.

Broward County: Large Animal Disaster Plan

Broward County already has in place the “Large Animal Disaster Plan” which identifies all post-hurricane needs for horses. The Broward County plan is adequate in addressing the vital issues in case of injury of horses, as well as facilities to hold them after the storm, in case a horse is injured or cannot be immediately claimed by the owner. Please visit their website here or contact the Broward Emergency Management Division at (954) 831-3900.

Click here for more Hurricane Preparedness Resources.