Connie – Llest Horse Rescue Wales

When we received a call from a concerned walker in March about a distressed and neglected foal, we knew we had to respond with the utmost urgency. What greeted us was the saddest, most heart wrenching scene…

There was a tiny foal all alone and hungry, still trying to feed from her thin dead mother on the ground.

Lluest’s welfare team and vets from Dyffryn Tywi scrambled to catch and guide the frightened foal to the ambulance, negotiating her carefully over footbridges and fences. Back safely at the Trust, she was checked over properly by a vet, given a milk feed and the name Connie. She was estimated to be between 2 and 3 weeks old. She was fed every two hours around the clock and very quickly built up trust.

Our welfare team’s main aim is always to rehome as many horses as possible, to try to provide long-term fulfilling lives within our Guardian network. We also monitor the surrounding mountainous regions, and the countryside for horses that are alone, neglected or abandoned, like Connie. Due to the horse welfare crisis across the UK, there are many more horses bred than can be cared for by owners, leading to higher numbers of rescues. There are 28 horses and ponies currently on the Lluest site, a number set to rise due to being unable to rehome currently.

Rescue is just the beginning for a little foal like Connie…
Our team’s main aim will now be to raise her as part of our herd. She will have a tough battle ahead to grow stronger and learn to be independent. As an orphan separated from her mother so young and found in such harsh conditions, she may well face health problems as she grows. For us, it’s the best result that she won’t grow up in a life of neglect that she wouldn’t to have survived. Connie is being fed every few hours but can now run around outside freely.

But Connie has had another stroke of luck. It’s vital for an orphan foal to have equine company, and have a horse take her under their wing. Abbie was found wandering the streets before she came to us and arrived heavily in foal, sadly her foal died hours after birth. But she’s finally had a chance to mother a baby and since we introduced them, they haven’t looked back.

We need your donations to support Connie’s future in these uncertain times
Connie is already growing stronger but she has a very long road ahead. Just attending to her care will cost approximately £380 a month for the rest of the year, not including if she needs unforeseen or emergency veterinary care.

At this time, without normal fundraising avenues and unable to rehome, your donations are vital to keep our work going. Our outgoings are up to £12,000 a month!
Give Connie the best chance at a future beyond Lluest

While every donation is vital, regular monthly gifts can have the most impact. This means we can plan ahead with our resources with guaranteed income, as we raise Connie to be a healthy adult horse. See her story and meet her new friend on our Facebook page.


Holly Hedge Bristol – 13 cats found in warehouse

Our residents are all still loving lockdown and having a very quiet Sanctuary! For the dogs it means less people walking by so they are barking less – though of course they are missing their regular volunteers. We have lots of pending adoptions we are working through, and I have attached a picture of one of our newest residents.

We also rescued a colony of 13 cats living in a warehouse in horrendous conditions, there are about 8 kittens and the rest are adults, we have gone back twice to check we have got them all, adult cats will just keep breeding otherwise. I think it’s the most awful conditions I’ve seen animals living in, but they are safe, clean and happy now with full tummies! I’ve attached a few photos of the horrible warehouse (you’re welcome to skip) and a few of the cats in our cattery. They’re quite shy and we are working hard to gain their trust, but we will get there.

We have rehomed 33 cats since the start of lockdown, which is really good as it makes space for us to help even more. We’re matchmaking people to cats, without visiting the Sanctuary. We know it is off putting for some people who want to meet the cats first, but we haven’t had a single cat returned to us and have only heard glowing reports of them settling in beautifully.  Stay safe Hannah.

Emergency Appeal for our Animal Rescue Centres in Lockdown!

Wetnose Animal Aid has been helping animal Rescue Centres for 20 years now, but we have never seen anything like this before. Things were bad with the credit crunch in 2008 but this is on another level completely. Accidents and illnesses never stop during a crisis – not even for animals.

Accidents and illnesses don’t stop during a crisis – not even for animals
Not only are our Animal Rescue Centres not getting in funds from the Government but they have had to cancel all fundraising events for this year which can be thousands of pounds in lost revenue, although the charity shops have opened. Some say it will take months to re-cover from this awful pandemic, maybe even next summer 2021.

Animal feed suppliers are inundated with requests, sick animals still have to be seen by Vets, and emergency operations still have to be done. Remember sick animals are in lockdown too but bills still have to be paid. The mental stress on people running these centres is increasing!

Wetnose has been ringing around many centres to find out how things are, we have also known many of the centres for years and they say this is the worst year ever for animal cruelty and lack of funds!

Holly Hedge Bristol:
Many shelters have had to stop the intake of animals completely, but with so many people concerned for their livelihoods or suddenly finding them-selves more isolated than ever before, there are many cats and dogs that need us.

We have 40 dogs and cats on a waiting list, and are receiving daily requests from people who need to rehome their animals. We are having to prioritise the most urgent that cannot stay at home under any circumstance, we are giving behaviour advice for those who can keep their animals for now, and doing the best we can over the phone.

Meet two of our newest residents, Dougie and Daisy who came into our care earlier this week. Dougie and Daisy belonged to an elderly man who has COPD, and before the pandemic his children had helped him care for Dougie and Daisy with regular visits and walks. With vulnerable people being told to self-isolate and being so high risk, he had a heart-breaking choice to make. He knew he couldn’t care for the dogs on his own, and whilst his family could take him in, they already had dogs of their own and knew Dougie, Daisy and their own dogs wouldn’t cope in one house together. So Dougie and Daisy have come into our care and are currently being fostered.

This virus has claimed many victims, and there will be many deeply sad separations for so many in the months to come. We will continue to do everything we can, but to carry out this vital work, we need funding. Funding which we would have received from a range of activities that can sadly no longer go ahead due to this worldwide pandemic, typically over summer over £25,000 is raised through events, which we desperately need.

For this year alone our veterinary bills are already at £47,000 as we have been taking in so many strays, and cats and dogs from various pounds due to be euthanised who need urgent medical attention. As we are currently still taking in animals and adoptions are paused our veterinary bills will increase, and as volunteers aren’t allowed onsite our staffing costs are rising.
Thank you so much Wetnose for your £500 donation towards our vets bill, hope to see you again soon x

Hallswood Animal Sanctuary Norfolk
We are really struggling, both to get enough donations in to compensate all fundraising events being cancelled, but also finding suppliers with stock left! Big Animal sanctuaries are closing their doors but the reality for us smaller sanctuaries is that we could fold if we don’t get the financial support. Our service is vital to the community in more ways than one.

Update: I just came back home from a daily walk and it is still so surreal. Hardly any cars on the roads and less people movement seem to have made wildlife absolutely boom! Everywhere I look I see birds, singing, courting and building nests. This can only mean one thing: Baby bird season is here!

Normally this is something I think that Jenna at the sanctuary is actually looking forward to, as she loves feeding and caring for them. This year everything is so different at the sanctuary, actually in many ways I think it is busier than normal, but with less helpers due to the restrictions.

Jenna and Lyz together with only a handful of helpers are now doing everything.  Feeding, caring, cleaning, sorting…. Everything also takes much longer as staff can’t team up; social distancing is happening at the sanctuary too! Everything needs to be sanitised, both before you use it and after, just in case – be that the handle of a door, the wheelbarrow or the hosepipe.

For Lyz phone-calls still come in and again we have seen an increase as many rescues seem to be full or closed. Most calls take longer as she will assess the need, advice if possible, rather than “collect – care – release”, this to minimise the people she comes in contact with. She also spends more time on the road as our transport team has been cut back to less than a handful, our shops and normal drop-off points are closed and we don’t want to encourage people to drive anywhere unless absolutely necessary. Wetnose always helps when we need it, thanks for the £500 towards more hay, hope to see you soon Maria x

Wetnose is now hearing stories that puppies are still being sold and people are going to other people’s house to pick them up when in Lockdown!

When people go back to work these puppies may suffer from anxiety problems, not being used to an empty household. Many no doubt some will end up in Rescue Centres!

Stories are coming in like this…We have had 2 cockerels thrown in over the fence, we have had 3 rabbits brought to us from people who can’t cope or afford to keep them, 2 cats for same reasons, 1 miniature dog due to domestic abuse situation!

Pact Animal Sanctuary
We are sad to advise that due to the coronavirus risks we have decided to close the sanctuary to visitors, rehoming and group visits. We do ask that our healthy volunteers without any underlining health issue continue to volunteer if possible, so that the staff with the help of the volunteers, continue to care for the animals in our care.

George Rockingham says” Our shops make upwards of £20Kper month to keep the animals. Today we have been telling the managers that we will be closing on the 28th March and we will probably be closed until 1st July at least. Where I now get the funds we need to feed and care for the animal is anyone’s guess so we need all the help we can get. Our last newsletter has fallen on busy deaf ears and the returns are down about 50%. We are not rehoming other than those animal already reserved. I am trying to protect my staff as they are as important as food”.

Venture Farm Cat Rescue
Due to the situation regarding COVID-19 we have made the decision to temporarily close our charity shop in Dereham. This is to protect the health of our volunteers, many of whom are vulnerable.

Obviously this will hit us very hard as it is our main source of income. So you can imagine it has been a bit hectic – trying to make sure we have enough supplies to feed the cats and look after them. We have had to close our shop in Dereham, which was our main source of income and cancel planned events.

Which will hit hard on our reserves, obviously the current situation is having an effect on rehoming and taking cats in – especially as the vets are all now just dealing with emergencies.
So that means no routine vaccinations or neutering going on etc. It’s going to be very difficult over the next few months especially as we move into kitten season. Thank you so much Wetnose for your continued support.

Remus Horse Sanctuary Concerns for Animals
The outbreak of Coronavirus (Covid-19) is putting a major strain on local, national and global resources. At Remus Horse Sanctuary in Essex, the stark reality – so far – is that all fundraising events have been cancelled and many of the older volunteers have had to stand down.

The charity is now reliant on a small group of yard staff maintaining their own health to continue to feed and care for the animals residing at the Sanctuary.

A beautiful photo of Holly and her foal Bracken, Holly was found roaming loose on a busy road and had been for some weeks. She was heavily pregnant and totally blind and in very poor bodily condition. We fed her up and cared for her and she gave birth to Bracken who had no menace reflex, couldn’t control her body temperature and was deaf but as she has grown she has grown out of all those problems. Thank you again Wetnose for the £300 towards our very large vet’s bill.

Lizzie’s Barn Sanctuary in Kidwelly Carmarthenshire.
This centre sustained heavy damage as the area suffered its worst flooding in recent memory. Due to the current situation with covid-19 and the issues with getting folk to comply properly with social distancing not working well in the wider community.

So though we will still search for homes, and carry out ‘virtual’ home checks, the actual act of rehoming, (when people come to meet, and perhaps take home a dog), will be on hold for the time being.

We have to protect ourselves, the dogs need us to stay healthy, and alive, to care for them. We also have a duty to protect others, and feel we cannot do that safely. It’s also really not a good time to introduce a new dog into your home. Now some might criticise and say “But we are all at home, it’s the ideal time?”

I’m afraid we will disagree. It’s not. Your lives are going to be more stressful, you are worrying about lost wages, getting food and supplies while half the country panic buy, boredom will kick in.

The kids start to play up, tempers will fray, and you won’t be able to get your new family member out and about, attend training classes and so on. Please bear with us. We are facing the toughest of times ever, and worry over how we manage. How we will pay the vet bills, electricity bills, keep the dogs in food, etc very worrying times ahead. Thank you Wetnose for your £500 donation means the world to us smaller Rescues.

Bodmin Moor Pony Rehabilitation
Panda was a victim of one of the largest crises that Bodmin Moor has ever seen as home to a huge number of starving and dying semi feral ponies, which are supposedly owned & managed by commoners with grazing rights.  BMPR began to report to the Moorland & government authorities & (with other welfare individuals & charities) pressed those that could legally do something to help the ponies, whilst keeping animals alive with hay drops.

On the 7th March Shelley was called to a group of ponies that were suffering on the common.

The foal with the panda eyes was the most peculiar looking little soul with horrendous skin issues, tiny and isolated from the rest of her group.  On 7th April 2016 during a multi-agency operation Shelley was able to bring her in. She found her & her companion & lured the pair for miles down to the gate to where a team of national charities had gathered another small group, then home to safety.  There were many times when it was touch & go for this soul. Frail, Parasite-stricken & weak, she proved herself to be the tenacious, independent & brave little warrior pony she is to this day. Today, Panda is now a different sight: Thank you Wetnose for your £450 donation means so much, it really does help!

Pup Cakes Rescue – Lincolnshire
Hi Andrea, Tough times as you can imagine. Our vet bills are incredibly high as we’ve had copious amounts of emergencies. We are still taking on emergency dogs though and have 3 to arrive this week. We can only do what we can in these strange times. Thank you for paying £500 off our vet’s bill, it really helps to ease some of the stress we are all under!

Vanesa from Hope Rescue said “Hope Rescue has sadly lost 60% of its income due to the Covid-19 crisis – £1,000 every single day. Our Pontypridd Charity Shop was already closed after being flooded when the River Taff burst its banks during Storm Dennis in February. We’ve also lost our income from our boarding kennels, rescue centre shop, grooming, paddock hire and fundraising events.

The devastating loss to our income has happened at a time our services have never been needed more to help the most vulnerable dogs in our local community. We’re fighting hard to keep our doors open for not only our stray dogs, but also to support dogs belonging to owners who are either seriously or terminally ill, or who have sadly passed away during the crisis. Thank you for the £500 donation towards of huge vets bill.

Rescue Manger: Not only was all fundraising halted overnight but the Government that was going to ‘put its arms round us all in these unprecedented times’ has totally overlooked animal sanctuaries and not even acknowledged us. We all still have bills to pay, staff to pay, vets bill, feed bills and of course with the lack of grass we are using more hay.  Things are dire and there is still no sign of our fundraising getting up and going or us being able to open. The present situation has meant cruelty to horses in on the rise again, especially as there is less grass and we are meant to deal with these cases with no funds.


I can’t tell you just how stressful things are at present and how many sleepless nights I have had trying to work out a way forward but if we can’t get back to normal till next year then I really don’t know what our chances of survival are, many are suffering with mental fatigue, as they continue to work with no funds!

Wetnose Animal Aid has been helping the smaller Rescue Centres for 20 years; it’s our 20th Anniversary this year 2020, what a year! We help everything from a hedgehog to a horse.

Urgent Donations are needed to help the thousands of pounds Centres have lost, from fundraising events and supporters raising funds as well. Even though the charity shops have opened and the tills are ringing once again, if donations are not given to our forgotten heroes, some may have to close by Christmas. Wetnose has given out over £7,000 in 3 months but we need to double that figure.

The picture below is little Connie, she was found next to her dead mother, only 2-3 weeks old and slowly dying herself… being fed every 3 hours, she has made new friends and improving slowly.

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