Equine charity launches new animal adoption scheme
AN EQUINE welfare charity in Bristol has this month (January 2009) launched its new animal adoption scheme to raise funds for retired horses and ponies in its care.
HorseWorld, which is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of horses, ponies and donkeys in need, is inviting people to make an annual adoption donation to help towards the feed and care of all the long-term animals living at the charity’s Equine Welfare Yard.
Jess Winchester, Fundraising and Communications Manager at HorseWorld, which is located in Whitchurch, said: “People often make New Year’s resolutions to help out with a charity and taking out an adoption package is one of the best ways. They also make great birthday and special occasion gifts.
“For some horses and ponies, the neglect that they have suffered remains with them for life, with long-term physical or psychological injuries. These animals may never be re-homed, but we have made a promise that they will always have a future at HorseWorld.
“There are more than 100 animals permanently retired at HorseWorld, who will live out their days in peace and happiness thanks to the support of the public. For many of these animals, HorseWorld was their last chance. It costs £50 each week to care for a horse that has been given long-term sanctuary at HorseWorld.”
If you make an annual adoption donation over £10 you will receive a certificate thanking you for your adoption, an invitation to an Adoption Day at the Welfare Department to see your adopted friend and to watch special demonstrations of HorseWorld’s rehabilitation and training work. You will also receive a copy of ‘From the Horse’s Mouth’, which is a special update on your animal’s progress every six months.
For every annual adoption donation over £40 or if you set up a regular adoption donation by direct debit you will receive all of the above and a framed photograph of your new adopted friend.
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Jess added: “Animals up for adoption include Flame. She is a beautiful chestnut Arab mare that has had a very sad past. She had been stabbed by her owner. Despite her violent past, Flame is a sweet and loving horse and like most Arab horses she is very gentle. She desperately needs security and your adoption will help to provide her with the long term care she needs.
“Jumble, is also up for adoption, he arrived at HorseWorld a quivering wreck, covered in lice and mites and suffering from over-grown hooves. Jumble had been abandoned and destined for the meat-market because of physical deformities that meant he could never be ridden. Seeing past his unusual appearance, HorseWorld Grooms have fallen in love with this gentle animal.
“We hope eventually to be able to re-home Jumble but it will be a long process. In the meantime, please help us to give him the possibility of a happy future that until now has been so uncertain.”
HorseWorld is responsible for the care of nearly 500 equines, giving them the safe and happy futures they deserve, free from pain or neglect.
The charity has two sites comprising its Welfare Department and Visitor Centre. Staff at the Welfare Department work tirelessly to rehabilitate sick, neglected or traumatised horses bringing them back to health and enabling them to trust humans once again.
The Visitor Centre also plays an important role, allowing the public to meet some of the recovered animals and learn about animal welfare. Funds raised from the Visitor Centre are used to help pay for the charity’s work.
For further details about an animal adoption donation or for more information on the charity, please call Jess Winchester, Fundraising and Communications Manager at HorseWorld, on (direct dial) 01275 893033 or visit www.horseworld.org.uk.