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Redwings Top Story
28 January 2015 by Redwings Press Office
We are delighted to announce that we have now officially merged with Scottish horse rescue charity Mountains Animal Sanctuary in Forfar.
The merger, which was finalised yesterday (27th Jan), is the first of its kind under new charity legislation covering mergers between English and Scottish charities, and has taken over 30 months to complete. The Scottish centre will continue to operate as an active rescue and rehoming centre as well as being open to visitors from late summer.
Mountains is based near Forfar in Angus, and is currently home to 85 rescued horses, ponies and donkeys on 220 acres of paddocks and woodland. Residents include donkeys Minnie and Mouse, tiny falabella Dayzee, two sheep called Toffee and Treacle and orphaned foal Gibson Fraser, who was rescued in July after his mum sadly passed away. He was named in honour of the late Mountains founder Alan Fraser, a former racing driver who developed the Fraser Imp competition car. Mr Fraser went on to be a chairman for the RSPCA in Gibraltar before establishing his own animal rescue centre in the form of Mountains.
Redwings is now responsible for over 2000 rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules at ten sites and in Guardian homes across England and Scotland. Chief Executive Lynn Cutress said: “I am so thrilled that the merger with Mountains is complete. This really is a meeting of minds for two dedicated horse welfare charities and it ensures a secure future for Mountains as well as allowing Redwings to expand our work across the border into Scotland. Both charities celebrated their 30th anniversaries last year and so it's a very appropriate and exciting time to begin this wonderful new chapter in our history."
Redwings in Action
21 January 2015 by Redwings Press Office
During the first week of 2015, we have received 31 calls from owners asking to take in their horses, a 40.9 per cent increase on the same period in 2014 and totalling 39 equines.
Similarly, of the total 1241 calls to our welfare line in 2014, 45.9 per cent were from owners asking for help securing an alternative home for their horses.
In light of the current equine crisis and with the Sanctuary operating at maximum capacity, we are eager to urge owners and potential owners to understand the personal and financial commitment of horse ownership – the key message being “if in doubt, don’t”.
23 January 2015 by Redwings Press Office
From rugs and numnahs to bridles and saddles, you can be sure to pick up a bargain!
Throughout the year, we receive kind donations of rugs and tack from our supporters, the majority of which are shared among the residents of our visitor centres and sanctuary farms, and at our rehoming sites.
For those pieces of donated tack that we’re unable to use at the Sanctuary, we are happily able to offer to you through our sale events – and at a fantastic price! This year, we look forward to offering a series of tack sales across our visitor centres in Norfolk, Essex and Warwickshire.
07 January 2015 by Redwings Press Office
For 2015, we are launching a series of free evening seminars for horse owners across East Anglia.
The first seminar, held at our Aylsham visitor centre on Wednesday 25th February, is entitled “Tummy and Toothache: An exploration of colic and equine dentistry”. This will offer horse owners the opportunity to hear from our Welfare Veterinary Surgeon Nicola Berryman and our Head of Veterinary and Care Nicky Jarvis – who was recently voted Your Horse readers’ Ultimate Horse Expert!
We are delighted (and so proud!) to announce that we have won the Judges' Choice for Best use of Social Media in the UK and Ireland at the Equestrian Social Media Awards!! Thanks for your votes!
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