Good news! One of the rescued Dartmoor Dozen ponies has found a forever home. Humbug, who was abandoned with his companions in a barren field in Dartmoor, England, has been adopted and gone to live in Cornwall.
Just over a year ago, Humbug and eleven others were left to fend for themselves after their owner was evicted from his land. With no money to feed or take care of the ponies, he left them to starve until they could be shot.
But thanks to the quick action of our partner, The Hugs Foundation, an equine rescue center near Bodmin Moor, the ponies were rescued and taken into care. Starving and malnourished, they were all in a shocking state on arrival at the rehabilitation facility. With it being the middle of winter, the challenge of keeping them alive in the freezing weather was even more tenuous.
Network for Animals (NFA) got wind of the dire situation and appealed to our loyal supporters for help. Thanks to your generosity, Hugs received enough funding to feed, medicate and keep the Dartmoor Dozen – as they became known – alive through the iciest months of the year.
In fact, we received such generous donations, that Hugs has also been able to erect new shelters to protect the ponies, and future rescues, from the long cold Bodmin Moor winters.
Humbug is the sixth Dartmoor Dozen pony to be rehomed. The rest are thriving under the care and love of Hugs and are hoping to find their forever homes soon.
“We are proud to be associated with the Hugs Foundation who fulfils such a vital role in rescuing and rehabilitating horses and ponies from the English countryside,” says David Barritt of NFA. “We will continue to work with them to ensure the ongoing welfare of these animals.”