A grant from PPCT has enabled The Hugs Foundation to keep their staff working throughout the pandemic.

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Based in Bodmin, Cornwall, The Hugs Foundation helps both animals and humans. The charity began life as a rescue and rehabilitation centre for horses, ponies and other animals that have been abandoned or mistreated.

Over time it has evolved into a centre offering unique intervention and alternative support to help children, young people and to those suffering from poor mental health. Bringing humans and animals together in this way has proved hugely beneficial. These services are delivered by professionally qualified, experienced staff.

In addition, the charity also visits care homes to support mental wellbeing and help educate the public about animal welfare.

Rehoming rescued animals would have been impossible without grant

kid in dinosaue riding helmet kisses pony at Hugs FoundationThe grant was made possible thanks to PPCT’s Covid 19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund that was set up quickly last year to provide assistance to smaller equine charities. The fund was supported by partners World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council.

“The donation has been an incredible help. We have been able to keep our staff and not had to furlough them, enabling us to continue to care for all our rescue animals from chickens to horses,” says Laura Dennis, Charity Fundraising Coordinator.

“The grant has made our rescue animals’ rehabilitation journeys possible and we are now able to find their loving, forever homes.

“Without the funding, we would have had extremely limited staff, meaning all the ponies would have had to be wintered out with just basic, essential and emergency veterinary care. We would have had to wait to start their full rehabilitation, meaning we could not rehome anything and make space for other rescues during this crisis.

Two ponies nibble heart shaped treat Hugs Foundation“During the pandemic, we have successfully rehomed 24 horses and ponies so a huge thank you to Petplan for giving these animals the chance of finding happiness and a loving home and believing in our charity.”

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