Why HAPPA Legacies Are Important

Remember HAPPA

Remembering HAPPA when making your will is one of the most generous and long-lasting acts you will ever perform. Without legacies we could not continue our vital work and abused, neglected and abandoned equines would no longer have the opportunity to experience a second chance in a loving home.

Legacy income is vitally important to HAPPA, it provides over 80% of our annual income to carry out equine welfare work and we are truly grateful to everyone who chooses to remember our work at the time of writing their will.

Remember, you are never too young to make a will and, most important of all, a bequest to HAPPA does not mean it has to be your total value of your estate. A modest donation to us can make all the difference and can help HAPPA save lives.

Why Are Legacies Important?

“A legacy is not about what you did while you were there it is what happens when you are gone”
Darrell Waltrip

It’s a scary thought but over 80% of HAPPA’s annual income comes from legacies. Without this money HAPPA would very soon cease to exist and this fact worries us a lot.

Talking about legacies and will making in general can sometimes feel a little uncomfortable, after all, the subject matter skirts around death and dying and is often associated with pain and loss and these are not easy things to talk about positively. There are nicely packaged campaigns that we can use, sensitive wording, information we can offer to assist you in making your will and including a bequest to HAPPA, however, after assessing the best way to approach you, we have decided that honesty is the very best option, so here goes…

Remember HAPPA
Remember HAPPA in your Will

Please remember HAPPA when making your will

It really is as simple as that – no frills, no flowers. Whether your contribution is considerable or modest, every penny makes a difference.

HAPPA receives no state or lottery funding and as already mentioned, legacies account for a major percentage of our annual income. The remainder comes from small grants, donations, fundraising activities and trading.

We’re actively seeking to increase our trading activities by improving our visitor facilities at Shores Hey Farm, by offering facility hire, by providing educational and training opportunities and upgrading our farm shop, gift shop and tack shop but we will always rely heavily on legacies and we need to do more to ensure that this vital source of income does not reduce in the years to come.

Why it’s a good thing to remember HAPPA in your will

There are many good reasons but we think that the most important is that we use your money to make things better for horses, ponies and donkeys, we teach people what horses need, how to give them the best possible quality of life sometimes, when things don’t go well, we intervene and prevent cruelty and suffering.

We have a unique approach to equine welfare and believe that rescue is just the first step in the journey for horses, ponies and donkeys. We invest lots of money, time and effort in rehabilitating every animal, assessing their needs, teaching them good manners, devising suitable schooling programmes and basically doing everything we can to give each equine the best opportunity of a Second Chance in a Forever Home. We also do everything we can to find the right home for every animal, whether as a companion or a horse that will be ridden and then ensure its care and welfare for its entire lifetime by visiting every animal twice each year.

By changing how we do things, we are caring for more animals than ever before, rehoming more animals than ever before and really earning our position of leading the field in equine welfare.

Why it’s a good thing to remember HAPPA in your will

Peace Of Mind Scheme

“We promise to continue your legacy and offer your equine a lifetime of professional care and experience.”

Our Peace of Mind scheme is guaranteed to give you the reassurance you seek for the future welfare and care of your equine.  We have been asked many times “What will happen to our horse should they outlive us?” Having given this matter consideration, we now offer our Peace of Mind Scheme specifically designed to address this issue.

To sign up for the Scheme, we require a pledge to be left to HAPPA to cover the cost of ongoing care, along with wording in your Will passing the care of your animal to us. This will cover all equines you choose to own throughout your life, not just your current horse, pony or donkey.

Signing up to the Scheme will ensure we act swiftly upon receiving notification of your passing, and deploy our experienced Equine Care Team to pick up and transport your beloved friend back to Shores Hey Farm Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre, where a warm welcome will be awaiting their arrival.

All animals that come into our Centre on this scheme will be assessed by our Veterinary Surgeon and Equine Care Team to see if they are suitable at some point to be re-homed with one of our Borrowers, so they can live out their lives as nature intended, through the HAPPA Loan Scheme. Where there is more than one equine we will do our very best to re-home them together.

If your animal has ongoing health or behaviour issues these will be addressed and for the foreseeable future the animal will be kept at Shores Hey Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre to receive all necessary veterinary and social care. We would like to add that our staff are extremely experienced in dealing with all problems and they excel at bringing the best out in each horse, pony or donkey, offering them the most fulfilling life possible.

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When your animal no longer enjoys a good quality of life, then be assured that HAPPA never euthanises an equine without consulting with a Veterinary Surgeon.

Whatever happens, we will treat your animal as an individual and provide the best care possible during its lifetime.

Be assured that Quality of Life is important to us and is sustained for every equine in our care.

If you would like to contact our Finance and Legacies Manager Carol Chidley to discuss further, please email [email protected]

It is our policy that all equines in our ownership are offered for rehoming through our Loan Scheme and it is only by finding homes for the animals in our care that we are able to free up space to help those that are in desperate need.  All rehomed equines are regularly checked for the remainder of their lives to ensure their continued welfare.