Do­na­tions needed for equine fund

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

FIF­TEEN years ago the RSPCA Hilling­don branch was left an equine legacy and an el­derly horse to care for.

Ju­bilee died sev­eral years later and two el­derly equines took her place – Pa­tri­cia the pony and El­lie the don­key.

Now ap­proach­ing their 29th year, nei­ther were re-homable for health rea­sons. Pa­tri­cia has ‘sweet itch’ and El­lie feet prob­lems due to ne­glect and abuse.

Many equines along the years have ben­e­fited from this legacy and found safe homes.

Many read­ers will re­mem­ber ‘Tishy’ and ‘El­lie’ and we thought you would like to know both are still go­ing strong. They both en­joyed long hours in their pad­dock in the sum­mer, where they have a field shel­ter to get away from the flies if nec­es­sary.

Pa­tri­cia still limps a lit­tle due to her hip dam­age, but this doesn’t seem to hurt her, and she can still can­ter round the pad­dock.

El­lie can­not bear her to be out of sight. They are a joy to have around. Pa­tri­cia is wear­ing her su­per premier rug now as the weather has turned really nasty, which was bought with do­na­tions last year and is really cosy dur­ing the win­ter months.

They are only in their pad­dock for six to seven hours a day and we get sum­moned by them both if we are late tak­ing them back to their sta­bles in the main build­ing next to each other.

If you would like to do­nate specif­i­cally to our equine fund we would be very grate­ful.

Both geri­atric equines need reg­u­lar ve­teri­nary care and a bale of hay at £4 doesn’t seem to go far!

Do you have a lit­tle spare time to help your lo­cal RSPCA branch con­tinue its work for an­i­mal wel­fare? Our char­ity shops needs vol­un­teers. What we spend on wel­fare is gov­erned by what vol­un­tary do­na­tions we raise, of which our shops are the main source.

Could you help dis­trib­ute our Christ­mas ap­peal leaflets? Postage is pretty pro­hib­ited th­ese days. Maybe or­gan­ise your own Christ­mas fundraiser among fam­ily, friends and work col­leagues?

Pave­ments can be very cold at this time of year for home­less peo­ple and their dogs. Any spare sleep­ing bags you could do­nate would be e wel­come.

Please also note it iss ex­tended hours shop­ping at our RSPCA shops on Wed­nes­days (5pm to 7pm).

If you think you can of­fer one of our an­i­mals a lov­ing home then please call RSPCA Hilling­don Branch on 01895 833417 or visit our web­site www.rspca hilling­don­clinic.org. uk to down­load an ap­pli­ca­tion form.

n FRIEND­SHIP: (Above) El­lie the don­key and Pa­tri­cia the pony; (be­low) do­na­tions are wel­come

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