Blisland Church is having a pet blessing service on October 3rd at 3pm. ALL animals are welcome! It will be a short service followed by teas/refreshments and a bric a brac, book and plant sale at Village Institute which is next door to the Church. They have a lovely village green where people can relax and let their pets have a good run around. Monies raised will be donated equally to Blisland Church and The Hugs Foundation so head on over for something different, lots of fun and raising money for great causes 🥰🐴🐶🐱🐹🐰🐮🐷🐔 🐠🦜
Hugs are incredibly excited to announce that the amazing Pets at Home Foundation are donating funding towards our vet and feed bills and enabling us to purchase new Mud Mats to save both the ponies and staff from the dreaded winter mud! We are eternally grateful, the ponies are looking forward to escaping the mud and the staff can’t wait to be able to stay on our feet this winter, instead of ending up face first in mud! HUGE thank you to this awesome organisation! 🐴🤣🥰
We have some fantastic news to share with you. Hugs has successfully been chosen to receive a grant from Cornwall’s Social Enterprise Fund administered through the awesome Cornwall Community Foundation!
For those of you that follow Hugs regularly, you will know how hard our small, dedicated team have been working through the pandemic. Due to being unable to run on-site well-being interventions, our youth team have been helping our horse rescue team, who have been incredibly busy with rescues and rehoming. With lockdown restrictions lifted, we have been able to re-open for our on-site interventions. This has meant these staff members are back to working full time on our well-being projects, due to the demand for our services, leaving a very depleted team on the yard.
The funding will employ a full time Animal Welfare Assistant to enable the youth team to help more people in need and to help meet demand for our animal rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming side. This will also help our charity recover from the financial impact of the pandemic and enable us to grow to meet demand in the community. Thank you so much CCF and the incredible team there, your support for Cornish charities is just fantastic, just look at the difference you’re making! 🥰
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We have just had some amazing news! The awesome Garfield Weston Foundation are kindly supporting Hugs with a grant to help us continue the vital well-being support we offer the children and young people in our community. Demand for our services has hugely increased, especially with the pandemic impacting everyone’s well-being. The team are inundated with referrals and they are increasingly more complex, so funding like this is crucial for us to meet demand and help those in need.
We can’t thank the Garfield Weston Foundation enough for choosing to support our project. Funding is so hard to come by at the moment and our team have been working so hard to reach as many young people in need as we can, we really are absolutely thrilled they have chosen our little charity. This has made our week! 🥰
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Noddy Desperately Needs Our Help to Save His Life
Noddy has been surrendered to Hugs as his owner could no longer care for him due to their own ill health. He sadly has severe laminits, a life threatening and very painful condition that is caused by inflammation in the horses foot. It can be triggered by different things, but most cases are through the horse or pony being overweight from particularly rich sugary grazing or overfeeding.
Noddy has been very well loved but sadly a bit too much as he is grossly overweight and has had some poor foot care, which has caused his laminitis. Because he is in so much pain, he has been walking with all his weight on his heels. Imagine walking on your heels 24/7! This has caused a rotation of his pedal bone, which is now fractured from the pressure. His soles are also very thin, causing more pain when he walks.
For many ponies, this would have been a very bleak future but our vet has given Noddy a good prognosis, providing he can get the specialist shoes, treatment and diet that he so badly needs. He has already had x-rays and diagnosis from the vet so that bill will be around £350 and he will have to have more to see if there are any changes to his pedal bone. He will also need very specialist shoes, including pads, every 6 weeks for at least 6 months at £200 a time. All this adds up to a minimum of £1,500. If left untreated Noddy would have had a certain fate of having to be put to sleep but with your help, we can give him a future and a happy, pain free life.
*Update – He has now been with us for a few weeks and is currently on our restricted grazing track and has already lost 25 kilos so is heading in the right direction.
Noddy is a cheeky pony, full of life and personality. He can be saved, with your help, and rehabilitated to find his forever family. If you can, please donate to our appeal for Noddy and watch him on his journey to recovery. Thank you for your kindness and for believing in Hugs.