Sponsor a Rescue

Sponsor One of Our Animals

Thank you so much for considering sponsoring one of our rescue animals. It is always our aim to try and find a loving forever home for our animals but sadly this is not always possible due to their traumatic experiences or specialist medical care they require. Hugs will never put a healthy animal down, therefore, we are committed to ensuring our resident animals can live out their lives here at Hugs with the specialist care they require. Hugs provide everything they need including; feed, water, shelter, rugs for warmth and comfort, safety, love from our children, young people and staff and an engaging, stimulating and natural environment.

Your sponsorship not only ensures that we can continue to look after these residents and give them a healthy happy life but helps us deliver another of our main aims, to offer therapeutic interventions with some of the rescued horses, ponies and other animals for children, young people and those suffering mental ill health. For just £25 a year, you can help change the lives of both animals and children. For your sponsorship you will receive; a sponsorship certificate, information about your chosen animal, a photo, a bio-plastic Hugs pen, a window sticker and our monthly newsletter so you can see what we’ve been up to.

Thank you for your kind interest in sponsoring an animal and helping to support our mission.


Height: 13.1hh and still growing

Breed: Moorland/Dartmoor type

Born: April 2020

Joined: 2021

Barry arrived at Hugs in 2021 as a 9 month old colt. The RSPCA had removed him from his owner who had been banned from keeping animals. He has now been gelded and is undergoing rehabilitation at Hugs HQ. He is proving to be a very lovable character and doesn’t seem bothered by anything. He has even worked with the children and young people who come to Hugs for well-being sessions. He is an absolute star, especially given he is still a very young pony. 


Height: 10hh

Breed: Dartmoor cross Shetland

Born: 2017

Joined: 2017

Dude is known as the ‘celebrity’ of Hugs. He was rescued off the moors and was totally wild. After lots of care and love from the team here, he is now returning the kindness and care by visiting care homes and brightening peoples days. He also attends events and shows, he really is a star!

Arthur & Merlin

Breed: Pygmy Goats

Born: Believed to be around 4 years old

Joined: 2019

These two are always up to mischief! They are incredible friendly (too friendly!) and are amazing with the children, always wanting to be involved. The children love teaching them tricks, like walking over the seesaw, and take them for walks round the farm. They are also excellent escape artists!!

The Pigs – Babe, Bert, Ant, Dec & Piglet

Breed: Kunekune (Piglet is possibly a Berkshire)

Born: 2017 (Piglet 2020)

Joined: 2018 (Piglet early 2021)

These five are always a big hit on the farm, they are more like dogs than pigs and love nothing more than having belly rubs. Babe, Burt, Ant and Dec’s previous owner sadly lost their land and had nowhere else for them to go so surrendered them to Hugs. They are great fun to watch, foraging for food and it’s always lovely to see them running over to greet people. They love interacting with the children (i.e. looking for food and treats!). Piglet joined the group in early 2021. He was found wandering the Cornish roads and no owner could be found so he has become a permanent resident at Hugs. He is super friendly but is going to be a lot bigger than the other boys when he’s fully grown!

The Cats – Billy, George, Missy, Foussa & Mavis

Breed: Moggies

Born: 2019 

Joined: 2019 (Foussa & Mavis 2020)

Billy, George and Missy were rescued as feral kittens hiding in the walls of someones caravan. They were incredibly nervous when they arrived and would not go near any human. After careful rehabilitation and care, it’s safe to say they are definitely no longer feral! In fact, they thought it would be a great idea to move into our poor staff’s houses on the farm! Foussa and Mavis came all the way from Cyprus. Both were incredibly nervous when they arrived and Foussa was very defensive, we wondered if she would ever be tamed! She is now the friendliest of them all and greets both the staff and visitors every day by reversing backwards for back scratches. Mavis is still very wary but is slowly trusting humans and loves to hang out with her best friend, Foussa. You can see videos of their progress on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6_YykItfoyrJHHSoZ-gKcg 

Dewey & Louie

Breed: Aylesbury

Born: Unknown

Joined: 2018

These two have very big personalities! Sadly their previous owner had to rehome them as they lost their land. They love swimming in their bath and are always running around trying to get involved with everyone and chatting away. They also confuse the office staff and make the children laugh by pecking on the office and classroom doors and are obsessed with their own reflections!

Bing, Frankie & Benny

Breed: Bing (rabbit) Frankie and Benny (guinea pigs)

Born: Unknown

Joined: 2018

Bing, Frankie and Benny were unwanted pets that now live permanently at Hugs. Not all people that visit Hugs like the bigger animals so these guys are awesome at giving cuddles and are incredibly cute as they chat away to you.