We are forever grateful for the donations we receive from our supporters, it is because of that generosity that we are able to rescue the animals that we do, month in month out. Each month we put up a gallery of some of the fortunate faces of the month's rescues. A massive THANK YOU from us, and especially from them.
New Hope in the news
This month New Hope had a lot of publicity. The Telegraph and The Daily Mail did a piece on the lockdown dogs as they are being abandoned in droves as lockdown restrictions ease. It was published in The Telegraph and The Mail on Sunday May the 16th, you can also find the article online. Following the publication we were then approached by This Morning and The BBC to publicise the issue further.
Ozzie the new boy.
In April we agreed to take in 23 year old Ozzie via our friends at Spirits Rest. He has a few behavioural issues and a twisted pelvis, which is not causing him any issues, but it just means he needs to be a companion horse.
We haven’t really got space to keep him forever so our aim will be to find him his perfect home or placement where can can live out his retirement. So, meet Ozzie who is now at New Hope, and what a journey we have been on with him already which means him finding a forever home is compromised.
We sent a driver to get him but he was impossible to load, so scared of boxing he would injure himself or anyone handling him. We then went ourselves and spent five hours with him just patiently trying to load him, trying every trick in the book with no success. Eventually we called a vet to sedate him but he still fought and hurt himself and it felt like he would never load, which left PTS as a very possible option, as he could no longer stay in the situation he was in and it didn’t look like we would be able to get him out of the situation he was in. We were heartbroken to leave without him, we had already promised him we would help him and to fail was a weight that in honesty we struggled to bear. Spending that time with him and meeting him made him so personal to us but thankfully his desperate care givers gave us more time to find a solution.
After days of phone calls seeking advice and sourcing the right people we got in touch with Mike at Think Equus ltd and arranged for him to come and work with Ozzie. Mike was a miracle worker and Ozzie did so well. Just gentle, calm and stress free management of the situation. Mike got Ozzie in the box. We were elated.
As I drove of the yard to take Ozzie home the weight I'd been carrying on my chest over him lifted and I’m thrilled to say he is safe and grazing at the Sanctuary.
I can’t describe the stress and worry that is hidden behind some of the rescue cases we embark on but once we make that promise we can’t walk away.
With vets, specialists and transport Ozzie has already cost us £900 before we even got him home. I know many can’t see why we would for an older horse that needs to retire, but he is worth every penny in our eyes and a promise is a promise.