Dublin horseback riding club opening gates for Irma evacuees

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DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A horseback riding club in Dublin is inviting Hurricane Irma evacuees and their animals to its ranch.

The board members at Silver Spur Riding Club decided this week it was the right thing to do.

“We’re opening our gates to them, they’re welcome to come and stay as long as they need to stay,” the club’s treasurer, Christine Jones said. “It just came to all of us very naturally to do it.”

The club in East Dublin has 1000 acres total, and is offering up its campsite for people escaping the hurricane, which is expected to hit South Florida Sunday. There are 100 campsites with electric and water hookups. Accommodations include two full bath houses and a full kitchen on-site. Camp sites are $10 per night for the electricity. The sites are available on a first come, first serve basis.

“It breaks your heart, I lived in Florida so I’ve been through a number of the hurricanes down there and I know the devastation in can cause,” Jones said.

By Tuesday, Jones was already getting calls from people in Florida.

“I got a call from a woman last night, she was looking for a place with 18 people coming up from Florida and they couldn’t find any motel rooms,” Jones said.

The horseback club encouraging people who are evacuating to take their animals with them. Silver Spur Riding Club is willing to take on horses, cats, and dogs.

To get in touch with Christine Jones, give her a call at 1-321-750-8215.

Another place for Hurricane Irma evacuees to take their horses is the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. It has 350 stalls available on a first come, first serve basis.

Additional site locations can be found at http://agr.georgia.gov/companion-animal-equine-division.aspx .