Weʼve raised £395 to The Cherry Horse Welfare Foundation helps fund outreach programmes delivering essential vet care for working horses in Romania.
- Funded on Wednesday, 1st May 2019
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Whilst on a project in Romania relating to dogs, I visited a region called Cernavodâ. We were visiting the most incredible charity, Save the Dogs (and other animals). We were taken for a drive to see the standard of living within the local communities and therefore the effect that would have on the street dog population. This was a rather poor area, a rural area with large gypsy communities. We saw pigs roaming the street feeding from litter, stray dogs or owned dogs that were left to fend for themselves, yet what hit me the hardest and had the most upsetting and profound effect on me, were the conditions of the working horses. They were expected to work hard in extreme conditions with no let up , they were in the poorest of condition . They are used for transport, as machinery to help plough the fields, to pull heavy carts. They play a pivotal role within the communities yet their needs go largely unnoticed. Their equipment is incredibly ill fitting, many had old and new wounds, bleeding mouths and incredibly malnourished. Witnessing this led me to ask the question, what are the welfare standards for these horses ? Who makes sure they are ok? Can these people afford to take care of them? Thankfully Save the dogs have an incredible Equine vet, Roxanna. This is where the Cherry horse Welfare Project was born. I was determined to raise the money to fund their out reach programme so Roxanna can offer vet care, rugs , bits, head collars, food, worming, farrier care...something to make their already very difficult lives just that little more tolerable. The aim is continue working with save the dogs as well as delivering this concept and fund this programme with other vets all over Romania. Horses are considered and viewed as machinery in Romania, they are not. Their fate is no better, they often have to endure a 30 hour trip to their eventual slaughter as there is a requirement for horse meat in many countries in Europe. This is a part of the project we want to tackle, firstly to try improve and eventually stop. Horses are sensitive, sentient, emotional, loyal animals who feel pain as any other animal. We are all they have, please help us help make their lives a little more tolerable. We cannot do this without you. We must help fund this project and concept as they have no other hope.
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Apr 26, 2019
This is in memory of Nero, who you will have met in my book. Love what you are doing and wish it could be more xxx
Apr 26, 2019
Good luck with what you’re doing. X
Apr 25, 2019
Apr 9, 2019
So sad to see any animal in pain and suffering... 💔
Feb 28, 2019
Feb 20, 2019
Another incredible donation from Jackie Elliott. Thank you so much I am so so grateful xxx
Feb 20, 2019
Hello Annie, I'm sending this donation on behalf of me and my sister Chris Spicer. Hope you do well with this. Hugs xxx
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