Right now over 60 wildfires are burning in Central Texas, displacing tens of thousands of people in the Austin area and devouring hundreds of homes, even killing two. As the headquarter city of uShip, naturally we’re concerned for our fellow Austinites, including one of our own uShip team members who had to evacuate with his family.
As people are forced to leave homes behind, that sometimes includes horses, livestock and large pets. Obviously, this is not only an extremely urgent need, but an expensive one as well given the special care required to transport animals.
To offer assistance for those in need or facing disasters, uShip created Highway to Help, a charitable shipment program that can provide delivery and transport support to those in need at little or no cost. Created in the wake of Hurricane Ike in 2008, shipping customers or non-profits with legitimate needs can list their shipment on uShip under the “Charitable Shipment” category. Transporters already heading to or from the impacted area – or who live in the surrounding area and want to offer assistance — can then offer to deliver goods — including horses, livestock and large pets — for free or at deeply discounted prices. There are no uShip booking fees for this category of shipment.
If you are a shipping customer, follow these steps:
- List your shipment and select the “Charitable Shipment” option here.
- Receive offers from our community of Transportation Service Providers
- Accept any of your offers at any time and then work directly with the transporter to complete the shipment
Once it’s listed, check your My uShip page for the bids you have received, or download the uShip mobile app on iPhone or Android phones to keep track of bidding activity. Also consider finding a horse transporter through uShip’s carrier directory.
If you are a transporter – and have the ability to transport animals described above — we ask that you check out charitable listings on uShip to see how you can offer assistance. We are directly contacting equine transporters within the state of Texas to ask for their help.
As a reminder, Highway to Help isn’t just for horses. Families and non-profits impacted by any type of distaster can use Highway to Help to get their items moved.