A £100,000 mountain to climb for animal sanctuary

As it saddles up to celebrate its 30th anniversary this summer, Mountains Animal Sanctuary is looking to raise £100,000 in order to continue caring for its 100 horses, ponies and donkeys.

As Scotland’s largest equine centre, retired race horses, rare breeds, former cart-horses and retired riding horses for the disabled have all been cared for by Mountains Animal Sanctuary since it was established in 1982.

Caring for horses, especially those who have been cruelly treated or neglected is expensive. Last year vet bills totalled £20,000, food bills were £15,000 and farrier care cost £20,000.

The sanctuary costs £400,000 a year to run and with £100,000 funded via a Trust set up by the sanctuary’s founder, Alan B. Fraser, it relies on support from donations, sponsorships, legacies and the generosity of individuals.

Pam Taylor, general manager at Mountains Animal Sanctuary, said: “It’s been quite a year for us. Last summer we launched the Dayzee Appeal in order to raise £300,000 and this year we need to find an additional £100,000 in order to continue caring for our much-loved residents.

“Visitors and supporters have done a wonderful job in helping raise much-needed funds, and at a time when many people are feeling the pinch due to the economic uncertainty, it’s extremely touching to know they care about us and want to help as much as they can.”

“We are delighted to have reached this milestone. Thirty years of back breaking work and a lot of blood, sweat and tears is no mean feat and we will plan to be here for another thirty.”

To help raise funds, the sanctuary is hosting its 30th anniversary extravaganza on August 5.

From 11am Riders of The Storm, Raptor World birds of prey, Angus Dog Activity Club, parade of Mountains animals, bouncy castles, as well as trade stands, artists and demos of rural skills will be on hand for visitors to enjoy.