Emergency Christmas Appeal

Emergency Christmas Appeal

On Saturday morning (11th December 2021), the Hugs team rescued 6 miniature Shetlands and a donkey who were in urgent need of being rescued into our Charity as their elderly owner could sadly no longer care for their welfare.

The owner had previously rescued them from several horrible situations and had taken them under her wing in a little herd for years. Unfortunately, the owners husband is very poorly and she needs to care for him at home. To add to this her own physical health means caring for so many ponies (in winter too!) has proven just too difficult.

Unsure of where to turn, the owner had considered having the ponies put to sleep to ensure they never fell into the wrong hands, and so the ponies fate was extremely uncertain, given the number in need of finding forever homes.

The Hugs team do everything we can to help an animal in need so when we were contacted about this emergency, we couldn’t think to not help, given the alternative. The ponies are relatively young still and have a lot of happy years ahead of them.

The team at Hugs is only small and works so hard to help so many animals and people in distress. These 7 new rescues mean we now have over 70 animals on-site to care for. Some of the 7 rescued today will never be able to be rehomed, due to their conditions, which puts more pressure on Hugs funding and the staff themselves to care for them throughout their years. We need your help to continue this vital work.

All ponies and Oscar the donkey are currently in isolation and undergoing initial assessments. They all need passports, microchips, vaccines, full health checks, dentist, farrier and it is clear that some are in need or x-rays and remedial work and/or treatment. Igor, the tiny grey (white) pony has a very strange way of walking and potentially has dwarfism, so will need to see our vet to see what’s going on and if he is in any pain.

Please help where you can, either as a one off donation to help pay towards everything needed to get some of the ponies ready for rehoming or by a monthly donation to help with the ongoing care of those that need sanctuary here. The link below is quick and easy to use to donate. Please help spread kindness this Christmas. Thank you for helping secure their futures.

https://thehugsfoundation.beaconforms.com/form/656e5db6?gaid=2092439624.1564749509

Exciting Industry Development

Exciting Industry Development

We are very pleased to see developments in the creation of a register of practitioners offering equine-assisted or facilitated interventions including; psychotherapy, education, learning, coaching and activities, to demonstrate that they operate to high quality, safe, ethical practice standards. This register is much needed, due to a total lack of regulations in the industry. The scientific evidence behind these interactions, evidences they can greatly support those experiencing mental ill health and a vast range of life challenges to improve well-being. However, there are currently no regulations in the UK to protect both the equines that work in these sessions and the service users that go to organisations for help, leaving both equines and people at risk of further harm.

The aim of the register is to bring together all people involved in the field of human equine interaction to ensure high quality service provision, governance, qualifications, policies, training and credibility. This will ensure a greater level of protection and safety for practitioners, service users, funders and the equines involved. Greater transparency of attainment of minimum standards in such areas as safeguarding, first aid, equine welfare and insurance will be the first base for registration followed by a demonstration of skills, experience and knowledge, as applicable. This is so that service users and funders will be able to make informed choices about the service being offered at all levels of practice. The Hugs Foundation is keeping up to date with developments and will be joining the register once it is up and running.

CHAPS UK Championship Show Raises Funds for Hugs

CHAPS UK Championship Show Raises Funds for Hugs

A HUGE HUGE thank you to the Coloured Horse and Pony Society (UK) and all it’s members and supporters who raised an incredible £1,225 for Hugs at their Championship show from their raffle, dog show and It’s a Knockout competition. Hugs were absolutely thrilled when we received an email to say they wanted to support our charity and what an amazing fundraising effort it was! It couldn’t have come at a more appropriate time, as we go into winter, with 11 orphan foals! Check out their website and Facebook page to see what they’re all about and for details of the show.

Hugs Christmas Open Day

Hugs Christmas Open Day

Hugs Christmas Open Day will be held on Saturday the 4th of December 2021 from 10am to 2pm at Hugs HQ! Come and join the team and our rescues for some festive fun! There will be our usual amazing raffle including prizes from The Lost Gardens of Heligan, the Eden Project, Camel Creek, Trethorne Leisure Park, a case of 20 pasties from Proper Cornish and a dining voucher for 2 at The Chapel Restaurant at The Bodmin Jail Hotel!

Hugs Has Rescued 11 Orphan Foals!

Hugs Has Rescued 11 Orphan Foals!

The Hugs Foundation has rescued 9 Dartmoor foals from very uncertain futures and 2 abandoned mini cob foals. The cob foals have been rescued all the way from Kent where they were sadly abandoned!

In October, the Dartmoor drifts happen. This is where all the ponies are rounded up and herded off the land that they are grazing to be separated into different groups, according to who owns them. The drifts occur every Autumn so that the spring and summer foals are ‘hopefully’ old enough to be taken away from their mum and weaned. Once weaned they can then either be sold privately or at the local market (Chagford pony sale is their usual market to be sold at) or they might be turned back out on a different moor to continue the farmers stock.

Unfortunately it is inevitable that some ponies get separated from their herds/families when they are rounded up. Often there are foals who have lost their mummies in the flurry or those running with mares that do not have any owners. These ponies are left in the unclaimed pen with no future as they can not survive back out on the moors without their herds protection or their mummy’s milk, so sadly, most are culled.

We were asked to help with these babies as they had not been claimed. We turned up expecting to help one or two, yet there were NINE poor animals needing help! These babies are between 2 and 5 months old! Due to their very young age, they could not of been sold at market or privately as they will need some intensive care to get them to full health. Realistically they should still be receiving most of their nutrients from their milk. They are malnourished due to all the upheaval so will need a specialist diet of foal creep to replicate the milk and some good quality grazing, forage (hay) and balanced diets.

Over the next few weeks the foals will start to be handled so that our team can do more thorough health checks, worm and delouse them (they have internal parasites and crawling friends on their bodies). With all this in mind we desperately need to raise awareness and critical funds for their ongoing care.

An example of some of the ongoing costs:

  • 4 x colt castrations = average: £1000
  • 9 x Passport, Microchip, Flu and Tetanus vaccination = average: £1300

In addition to the known vets fees, they will need specialist feed, straw for bedding, hay for eating and carrots for treats! We hope you can imagine how it will all add up! Unfortunately one of the foals has had to have the vet out already as he was looking really poorly. He is now on medication and brightening up, but it is more expense and we still have 30 other horses and ponies and all our other animals on site in our care too.

Please give what you can to save their fragile lives!

Facebook pays all the processing fees for you, so 100% of your donation goes directly to the charity. To donate and to read more about their story, please click on the link below.

2022 Calendars & Christmas Cards Are Available to Buy Now!

2022 Calendars & Christmas Cards Are Available to Buy Now!

Hugs 2022 calendars and Christmas cards are here! Calendars are £5 each and cards £5 for a pack of 5, including envelopes. Postage for 1 calendar or 1 pack of cards is £1.83 (first class) or £1.53 (second class). If you would like more or have any questions, please contact Laura at laura@hugsfoundation.org.uk for a price. To order, just click on the link below 🤗🥰