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Apr 23, 2010

Focus:Animal Welfare
Action Request:Other
Location:United Kingdom

Please spread the word as quickly as you can to help save these horses.

The land that these horses call home, is being sold and if the money is not raised so the Refuge can buy the land, many of the horses will perish due to being too ill or too traumatised to travel and settle.

These horses cannot be moved to another sanctuary, they have tried to re-home/foster out some of the horses in the past, but their health deteriorated dramatically and they had to be returned.

These horses need this land, they feel safe and have experienced true human kindness, probably for the first time in their lives, Sara looks after these horses with so much dedication and passion, please don't let them down.

I know that money is tight for most people at the moment, but if everyone could spare just £1, these horses can be saved. No amount is too small.

Some people may be embarrassed to only donate £1, or think that it can't possibly make a difference, so they won't do it, please do not feel like this, if less than 3% of this Care2 community donated just £1, they would reach their target.  Please don't be a part of the 97% that think someone else will do it.

If you can't afford to send money, but love music, you can donate by downloading any Moon Williams track via The Horse Refuge site, the iTunes link can be found at the bottom of the Donate Page.  It must be downloaded via the site.

If you can't afford that, then please pass this on to as many people you know, you could still save these lives by your efforts and support.

Please help them continue to carry out their good work.

Please click the photo to be taken to the site.
Save the Refuge  - Save poor horses like this.

My mum has personally visited this sanctuary and there is a video in the News tab from the BBC titled 'Horses for Slaughter', just in case anyone is dubious of this pleas authenticity.

Update - 29th April 2010

My mum visited Sara at the Horse Refuge today, Sara told her that she is still fighting, she told my mum that these horses will be killed 'over her dead body' and my mum said that she really meant it.

Sara desperately needs financial help, the media will be visiting over the next few days, so they still have a chance to get closer to their target, but they have so far to go and they need your help too.

Update - 2nd May 2010

The date has now passed and the target was not reached so Sara has been unable to buy the land.... yet!

The landlord will now have to serve an eviction notice on Sara, this will have to go through the courts and could take a while.

This is now more desperate than ever, please continue to spread the word so Sara has a chance to reach the target before her and her horses are forced off of the property.

Thank you

Update - 7th May 2010

Today Sara spoke on a very popular Radio Station, LBC 97.3FM regarding her appeal, she was accompanied by her Patron, Jenny Seacrest and Nicholas Ball.  A £5,000 donation was given which is fantastic, all is not lost, please continue to give your support and forward her plea.

Thank you

I didn't realise but one of her Patrons is Carla Lane, who wrote the very popular TV comedies, Bread, The Liver Birds, Butterflies and many others.

Update 16th July

An evition notice has been served and they have not been able to raise enough funds, so it does look like some horses will have to be put to sleep.  Sara is still hoping for a miracle, she has not given up!

I have heard that the Daily Mail Newspaper is going to visit her and write a story on Big Bertha, who is a rather large horse standing at over 20hh and of course, they will mention her plight.

Please forward this plea, these horses can survive if we help Sara spread the word.  Thanks.

Update 1st August

Unfortunately, Sara has been given the date of 12th August to file her paperwork with the courts, she will appeal for longer but the maximum is 4 weeks.

She fears that some of the horses are just too ill, old or will be too frightened to move and adjust, so they will have to be slaughtered.  There is hope for some of the others, but she still needs donations so she can move them to a new location, please help! It doesn't matter how small, she is grateful for any help.  Thank you.

Update 5th August

Katie Price heard of The Horse Refuge's plea and due to her love of horses, she went to visit Sara to meet the horses and try to drum up support.

She complimented Sara on how well all of the horses looked and donated some items.  She hopes that the coverage will help to encourage people to donate, so these horses would not have to perish.

Update 27th August

I visited Sara at the Horse Refuge yesterday, it was the first time I had ever met or spoken to her, she is a really lovely lady with so much care and passion for all of these horses and animals which she has saved over the years.

She showed me around, some of her horses are blind, I saw Tilly Trotter (the horse pictured above), she looks fantastic now, she has a glossy coat and is full of life.

I was in tears when she showed me the horses who would have to be put to sleep if she has to move, they looked so happy and have no idea of their fate.

Sara was telling me about all of her horses, which would have been denied life if she hadn't have taken them in and nursed them to health, their stories are so sad.

Her beloved Duke lost his life, he is the horse pictured on my billboard on my profile, who shot to fame in the Daily Mail newspaper a few years ago.  Sara couldnt talk about him, it is still too painful, she cannot believe he has gone.  RIP Duke. x

She actually had an offer to buy the land, which she found out yesterday was a hoax, Sara was so upset, as she couldn't understand what she had done to deserve that, things are so desperate that she had no choice but to pin her hopes on it and now she is devistated, especially as she is on court today to be given her eviction date.

She still needs all the help she can get, they can't evict her if she is able to buy the land.  I gave her another donation which made her cry, but I cannot give anything near what she needs, but thousands of people together could.

Please spread this plea around, these horses cannot survive without your help.


Just to let you know about the horse in the above picture,

This horse was left tied to Sara's gate late at night, she was in a terrible state, I won't go into detail as some people don't like it, although the picture says enough.  Sara took her into the front room of her house, put her on two intravenous drips, as she was too frail to eat or drink and stayed by her side for days.

Sara has named her Tilly Trotter, she is now out in the stables, around the other horses and has made a full recovery. 

You can see what Tilly now looks like on the following Facebook link along with many more of the horses Sara has saved -

"No horse is turned away. These magnificent creatures bear terrible physical and mental scars and therefore cannot be re-homed. These are the horses that no one wants. However, with time and patience they learn to trust again and live a wonderful happy life."

"Whatever it takes, Sara will do it for her horses. Sne will sleep next to an ailing animal to comfort them through a dark night. She will stay out in the snow with a charge which cannot be moved."
Geoff Francis -

Please spread the word and help Sara continue to help horses like this.
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Posted: Friday April 23, 2010, 2:29 pm
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Jenny Dooley (830)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 1:56 am
Thank you for promoting this cause.

Karen S. (153)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 8:30 am
This is very sad! I will download Moon Williams..$$ is so tight. :( I pray these horses do not have to perish!

Alison A. (231)
Saturday April 24, 2010, 8:39 am
Thank you Jenny and that is wonderful Karen, if everyone just downloaded Moon Williams via the site, then they would reach their target.

Spreading the word is a massive help in itself. x

Henriette Matthijssen (143)
Sunday April 25, 2010, 12:17 am
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Alison A. (231)
Sunday April 25, 2010, 1:26 am
Thank you Henriette, you are a kind person. x

Agnes H. (144)
Sunday April 25, 2010, 7:14 pm
It's a good cause and I'll fwd it to all my friends if that will help. The further it goes the better it may be for these horses and I know I've got some horse lovers amongst them.

Alison A. (231)
Sunday April 25, 2010, 7:42 pm
Thank you Agnes, passing it on is fantastic, like you said, the further it goes, the better chance they will have.

I truly appreciate everyone's efforts. x

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 29, 2010, 11:45 am
Unfortunately I found this cry for help only today, but posted it to my FB-profile! All my best wishes go out to you - let's hope you will be able to continue with your great work. Isn't there any possibility to persuade the owners of this land to let the horse refuge stay??? Can't we initiate a petition? Would happily assist. Love, Cxx

Alison A. (231)
Thursday April 29, 2010, 12:00 pm
Hi Cordelia

Thank you for your interest, I have made it sound that I am something to do with it, but I am just like you, I only found out about this cause the weekend and it has touched my heart, so I have been relentlessly trying to spread the word since.

My mum was able to visit the sanctuary today and Sara showed her around, my mum said that her passion and devotion is exceptional and very moving.

The landlord doesn't have a choice, he either has to sell his house, or the land, the only way these horses will be saved is if people donate what they can so Sara can buy the land.

Rana Dp (21)
Monday May 3, 2010, 5:40 am
sad story:( I download Moon Williams...

Serena J. (0)
Wednesday May 5, 2010, 10:53 am
this is so sad :(

Alison A. (231)
Monday May 17, 2010, 8:16 am
Hi Rana and Serena

Your help and support is much appreciated.

Thank you to everyone for the support you have given, Sara is so grateful and has asked that everyone continues to spread the word. x

kindle G. (1557)
Sunday August 8, 2010, 1:07 pm
the struggling sanctuaries for horses have created closing of many safe havens for the equine populations. finding homes for horses that could be placed is getting more and more difficult also.
we are not only responsible for the support by donations of such entities, but we are also in need of even more sanctuary or rescues that will there for the horses world wide. the dogs and cats rescues increased by demands of the needs and millions of animals were/have/are being helped every day!! we can also do this for the horses, donkeys, mules, all the equined species.
its important to fill needs, as they arise..even if only 2.oo can be spared is great. 2.00 buys a bottle of medicine for a horse in need.

Alison A. (231)
Sunday August 8, 2010, 2:20 pm
Thank you Kindle, you are so right, if everyone spared just a small amount, it would make a dramatic difference to any rescue centre and will save lives. To you it may only be $2, but to an animal it could give them the extra day they need to find a loving home.

Unfortunately due to the financial crisis that most of us are suffering, more animals are in need of help, any help you can give is fantastic!

Penelope Ryan (172)
Monday August 30, 2010, 5:37 pm
We must try to help raise money to save these horses. Send this story out to everyone you know on or off the networks please.

Alison A. (231)
Monday August 30, 2010, 7:10 pm
Thank you Penelope for your help and support.

It is great advice, if anyone is unable to donate, please pass this on to everyone you know and post it on every networking site you belong to.

These horses can be saved, but only if you help them.

Thank you all. x

Teresa P. (128)
Thursday October 7, 2010, 8:47 pm
This is very sad indeed. Sara is an angel for her work with these horses.

Ginger C. (0)
Friday January 28, 2011, 11:20 pm

Here is a URL for contacting the Humane Society International (see bottom of the page):

They may be willing to help in this situation.

Alison A. (231)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 6:51 am
Hi Ginger

Thank you for the advice, unfortunately these options have all been tried and have not been successful, I personally tried to get support from The Horse Trust, they had no interest at all and didn't care for the future of these horses.

I have not updated this in a while, so I will do it over the next few days, but Sara was forced off the land, the horses are safe, but Sara and her husband have lived though the winter in a shed, it is too big to heat, so they are both suffering from frostbite.

I know Sara personally and I donate regularly, I don't ask for Christmas presents, I ask for donations and I managed to give them 400 at Christmas, unfortunately that doesn't feed over 50 horses for very long.

Everyone - Please help if you can, no amount is too small, it all adds up.

Shannon M. (15)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 2:24 pm
Nearly a year since the last update... I'm almost scared to ask but, what happened?


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