About Us

 

Our Mission

Kindness. Dignity. Respect. Helping people & animals.

  • To provide a rescue and rehabilitation centre for horses ponies and other animals that have been abandoned and or abused within the UK
  • To provide alternative interventions and support for children, young people, adults and the elderly, using a diverse range of therapeutic activities in a natural farm environment, enabling us to help both animals and humans in need. Our therapeutic and supportive interventions are not classed as traditional ‘talk’ therapy, but as an alternative or additional support to children and young people, adults and the elderly who are suffering mental ill health, social exclusion, disadvantages and disabilities.

Our Story

The Hugs Foundation, was founded on a vision driven by respect, love and compassion for animals. A vision to rehome and rehabilitate ponies and horses that had suffered mistreatment or that needed rescue. 

The experienced team understood, that in order to achieve success, lots of time, energy and funding would be required. Specialist services such as professional veterinary care and yard team would be needed. 

So the vision began from day one with quality care and a realistic view of how Hugs could provide these animals the rehabilitation and care they needed. Ponies and horses were introduced slowly and with compassion. Animals from terrible mistreated backgrounds and harrowing stories of abuse soon found themselves in the loving, caring arms of the The Hugs Foundation. 

As the success stories of these animals being nursed back to full health and rehabilitation started to grow, the love for animals soon found the team taking on other animals from dogs to sheep! What a diverse and colourful mixture our Hugs family has become. The animals bringing such joy and happiness, it was through this concept a new vision was born. 

The love and positive journey could extend to people around us. The animals have therapeutic qualities. Anyone who spends time with animals will tell you how much of a positive influence they can have on ones life. 

The Hugs Foundations brought on board a team of mental well-being intervention support workers to extend their positive reach to people. Again, our culture and belief at The Hugs Foundation is to recognise a need and ensure we provide professional expertise to deliver that service. 

Combining the rehabilitation of the animals with their qualities they can bring to people suffering with mental health issues such as depression, PTSD, low confidence and low self esteem meaning our hugs reach so much further. Working in many different ways with 1-2-1 sessions, group therapy, schools and the local community, we can not only change the lives of the animals but also change the lives of people. 

With your help The Hugs Foundation can reach its goal to continue to grow and touch the lives of many. Bringing positive change to the local community and grow to a full centre of rehabilitation. 

Please let us know how The Hugs Foundation can help you. 

 

Kindness. Dignity. Respect. Helping people & animals.

Testimonies

 

“We had a lovely visit from a tiny pony here at The Grove. A huge thank you to The Hugs Foundation for bringing Dude in to see all the residents. We all loved him and we are looking forward to the next visit!”

The Grove Residential Care Home 

“Dude gave so much pleasure to our residents and staff alike. Faces lit up when he came in the room. Even our 108 year old resident couldn’t take her eyes off him. We look forward to seeing more of the animals soon.”

Jennifer Nancarrow-Allen, registered Manager at Liskeard Eventide Home 

 

“I just wanted to say a big thank you to you all for the work you are doing with my daughter Amy. Since Amy has started to attend sessions at Hugs her outlook on life has changed. She used to focus solely on the negative things in her life and had no real enthusiasm for anything but since she met you all she has become more hopeful for her future and she looks forward to leaving the house to come and see you all. You may not think that the little things you do with Amy affect her, but you should all know that they do and it’s thanks to you that Amy is getting better at handling her life with each and every visit. Thank you all so much.”

Feedback from Parent (name has been changed for data protection).

“Hugs is an absolutely amazing place. Beautiful animals rescued from some horrible situations by their compassionate, dedicated staff. We spent three hours meeting and interacting with all the animals and being extremely well looked after by the staff. My little girls fell in love with the very friendly goats and had some amazing experiences like mixing and giving the horse feed, playing with the rescued kittens and cuddling the guinea pigs. They even had their faces painted and were given hot chocolates with marshmallows – they were chuffed to bits and haven’t stopped talking about the experience!

Personally I can be very cynical about the ethics of places that do animal experiences for children as I feel that often the animals suffer. How heart-warming it was to see how different Hugs is – how well the staff know all their animals, how they are constantly assessing their needs (Is that horse happy in that field? Should we keep that pony’s coat on a bit longer? Let’s not groom the horses today as they’re still damp and it would make them itch) plus many other examples of how well all the animals are thought of and cared for.

Go and see the battery hens clucking around the courtyard, the cat will sit on the forms you have to sign because he wants a fuss (you’re lovely, Monty!) and the dogs Fudge and Bailey who just love cuddles!! These previously abandoned/abused/neglected animals not only have their needs met but are understood, respected and adored! As well they should be! Thank you so much to all the staff we met today, you could not have looked after us better and you are all doing an amazing job.”

Kathryn O’Donnell 

As soon as I heard about the awesome impact The Hugs Foundation were making I wanted to be involved. I too am passionate about animal welfare and think its great that the rescue animals also have such positive effects, working with people suffering with poor mental health. Keep up the great work!

Gareth Wright

The fantastic team at the Hugs Foundation do an excellent job caring and rescuing horses and ponies. Its a great inspiration to see the impact they have not only to the lives of the animals but to see the huge and positive benefits the rehabilitated animals have to young people in the community as well as sufferers of mental health issues.

Hannah T

“The Hugs Foundation do such good work, and I feel honoured that I am able to give one of their rescues a home for life. With Gatsby it was love at first sight and he has definitely given me my work/life balance back. We are now entering competitions and have recently come 2nd place in his second show.”

 

 

Lisa Lawrence Gatsby’s forever home

“I come to Hugs every Tuesday with children from our school. All of these children have issues of one kind or another. This is a trip they truly look forward too, we often use it as a bargaining tool. I have seen the good work Hugs do and the benefits it has to our children, some of which find engaging with others a very difficult task. I have noticed their growth of confidence. The use of the animals Hugs uses to encourage interaction is wonderful and the patience and understanding of all the staff is above and beyond. The benefits of our visits are obvious in the smiles of our children. Thank you Hugs.”

 

Donna Brown, Beacon ACE Academy