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A Ray of Hope for Rescued Ponies


June 21, 2019



HAPPA (Horses and Ponies Protection Association) are offering a New Start this New Year to two rescued ponies.
In a joint venture with another welfare agency this extremely busy festive season for the Charity has concluded in a rescue, ensuring that three equines were brought to safety at Shores Hey Farm in Burnley.
Two young colts, HAPPA Toivo and HAPPA Espero, whose names mean Hope, are now receiving the care and attention they so desperately need, following the neglect both boys suffered at the hands of their previous owner.
A young mare, named Hope by the Charity’s Care Team, was also rescued at the same time. She was found severely emaciated, with a heavy lice infestation and suffering from health complications. Despite a valiant effort by the HAPPA Team and Veterinarians the poor mare continued to deteriorate over the few days of intensive care treatment she received in the safety of the Rescue Centre. Sadly the Charity had to end her suffering.
Sarah Arthur, HAPPA’s Chief Officer explains “Their previous owner had clearly failed in a duty of care to these three. I am sad that we had to lose the mare, but she had suffered so much before arriving that we were unable to save her. At least her final hours were filled with the love and attention she so rightly deserved.
Our collaborative approach with other welfare agencies over the past year has meant that we have been able to offer a Second Chance to more horses, ponies and donkeys in need. Our rehabilitation process is second to none and ensures a brighter future for all equines we rescue. The future for these two, we hope, will be the care and affection they deserve in a Forever Home, but the road to recovery will be a long one. I am extremely proud of the hard work put in by all to ensure that these poor ponies now have the opportunity for a future of happiness.”
Both colts are suffering from an infection, are underweight for a pair of colts of this age and size. They both need round the clock care for the next few weeks to ensure their chances of survival are positive.
HAPPA are hoping for a happy outcome, but will need public support to get them there.