Over recent weeks Foal Farm has been involved in a rescue which we are now able to disclose information on. As our valued supporters we owe it to you to share this story, and let you know exactly what has happened.
A few weeks ago we were given information on various animals that were living in squalor and torturous conditions. The people reporting this had begged for help from various resources but were sadly not getting anywhere.
The animals were being kept on land over an hour away from Foal Farm, but we decided that as no one else was doing anything, we had to act. As this is a family page we do not want to share graphic detail, but we also want to be honest with you. We never envisaged what we would be met with, it was far worse than we ever imagined.
Among the animals who looked up at us with pleading eyes, were the not so lucky ones who had since passed. We are only human, and the staff involved in the rescue found it incredibly difficult to deal with what they were facing. Sometimes you just have to act now and worry later.
Over the following two weeks we rescued over 60 animals.
In that time we have managed to home a number of them, and have taken on the remaining lucky ones to become residents at Foal Farm for life. Our new residents include 4 pigs, 9 lambs, and 11 sheep.
The lambs were incredibly ill, and required bottle feeding and round the clock care. The team were up all night for the first few nights, making sure that these lambs had every chance of surviving. It is times like this where you see the very best in people, and we are extremely proud to call these people our colleagues.
The sheep were also in an extremely poor way. One was living with a tumour so large she could not go on, and was sadly put to sleep. The sheep had not been sheered in so long that they had fly strike and many other issues. The team were up until the early hours of the morning shearing them with dog clippers, to remove the maggots and give the sheep the best chance of recovering.
Then there were the pigs. We took four piglets immediately, who are now with us at Foal Farm. We also rescued five very large sows, one of whom gave birth to 14 piglets the day after we rescued her. Of these piglets 11 have survived and they have all now been rehomed together with their mum to a safe new home, a long way from where they came. There were also other animals involved in the rescue who have since been homed, but we can’t share all of this information.
As you can see the task has been massive, and it is not finished yet. We have sadly lost some animals along the way which has been devastating for everyone involved. But we remain happy and positive. An absolutely huge number of animals have been saved from an horrendous fate. Those animals who have been rehomed are safe and happy and well looked after. Those animals who have remained at Foal Farm have the rest of their lives to live in peace and comfort.
We have begged, borrowed, and stolen to get these neglected animals to safety. The cost has been high. But this is why Foal Farm exists. This is why you support us. To do what needs to be done, to rescue animals in need. To defend the right of every animal to be loved and cared for.
As a small charity this rescue will take its toll on our funding, and we would be grateful for any help that you can contribute. We would like to thank all of those who helped in our time of need. It was humbling and at such a difficult time puts faith back into humanity.