When the UK went into lockdown in March, it soon became apparent that animal charities would suffer.
Forced to cancel their usual fundraising activities, they were suddenly faced with meeting the needs of their rescue animals on a severely reduced budget. Smaller equine charities were hit hard as there are significant costs associated with caring for and treating horses. In order to provide some assistance, Petplan Charitable Trust (PPCT) joined together with World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) to create a Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund.
Two of the many charities that have benefitted are Remus Horse Sanctuary and Bodmin Moorland Pony Rehabilitation.
Based in Essesx, Remus Sanctuary provides lifetime help and care not just for horses, ponies and donkeys, but also goats, sheep, cows and cats. Many of the animals have been subjected to severe cruelty.
“Your donation has directly helped us get a bit further through the covid situation and feed, care for and tend to the many horses, ponies and donkeys at the Sanctuary and to continue our much needed work,” says the charity.
Bodmin Moorland Pony Rehabilitation cares for abandoned moorland hill ponies from Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor. The Covid-19 grant came just in time for surgery on two young colts from Dartmoor, Rudi and Orca. The bill came to £1,900. The pair came to the charity in 2018 when they were estimated to be around 3 months old and too young to be away from their mothers. Now two years old and thriving, they are ready to be rehomed.
“Our Herd Manager, Shelley Oldfield, does amazing work with these wonderful ponies on a shoestring and without a salary and the security that brings,” says Imogen Holt. “I am privileged to be involved, and thank you so much for helping.”