This year one of our greatest fears has become a reality. Strangles, a highly contagious and potentially fatal equine disease, broke out at the Sanctuary. Despite our best efforts, over two dozen horses became infected, and many more went into strict quarantine to prevent the disease spreading further.
Caring for over 1,450 horses each day is always a challenge, but this outbreak turned our lives upside down. We are simply taking one day at a time.
Our worst-affected farm, home to over 400 horses, is operating nine separate quarantine zones and caring for 17 sick horses. All the other residents are affected too as so many of our resources and our most experienced staff are needed to cope with the outbreak.
So far we have used up all of our hay stocks, invested in over 30 sets of quarantine tools (including overalls, dustbins and buckets), and have undertaken over 400 clinical tests to check if our beloved horses are infected.
For the first time ever, our doors are shut to those who need us most as we cannot take in any more horses until we overcome the outbreak.
And then there is the cost, 22,650.83 pounds in the first six weeks alone, and rising every day.
Just like you our staff just keep on giving. They put their hearts and souls into caring for our horses. We are asking you to do the same. You cannot don a set of overalls and check for signs of disease, but you can make a donation to help provide the equipment and tests needed, so that our staff can.
This outbreak is nothing short of a crisis, and we cannot overcome it without you.
Making a donation to Redwings will help us to continue caring for our residents and reach more horses in need of rescue, rehabilitation and sanctuary care throughout the UK.