Lots on at sanctuary’s 30th anniversary event

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To celebrate reaching its 30th anniversary next month, Mountains Animal Sanctuary is hosting a day of fun-filled family activities this Sunday (August 5).

From 11am until 4.30pm, local residents and supporters of the sanctuary will be treated to horse riding stunt displays from Riders of the Storm, a falconry display by Raptor World, as well as getting up close to Mountain’s own horses, ponies and donkeys courtesy of a parade.

There will also be a dog agility show and terrier racing organised by Angus Dog Activity Club and a talk by Parkside Vets who will be on hand to offer advice. And bouncy castles, trade stands, face painting, gladiator joists, artists and demos of rural skills will be on hand for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Also in attendance will be the Tayside Police Wildlife Crime Unit.

Pam Taylor, general manager at Mountains Animal Sanctuary, said: “To celebrate reaching 30 years is a fantastic achievement. In three decades all our staff and volunteers have done a wonderful job in looking after the equines – many who have been abandoned, mistreated or suffering from medical conditions. Without their constant dedication and admiration for the animals, we would not be here today.

“Over 30 years, Mountains has rescued over 600 horses, ponies and donkeys and the staff, who have put in 1.2 million hours of manual work, have carried out 40,000 muck outs and 250,000 grooming sessions.

“Also, we can’t ignore the valued support we’ve received from the local community who do a brilliant job in helping raise much-needed funds for the sanctuary. Their generosity has ensured we have been able to fit 30 miles of fencing, 5000 rugs for the horses to wear in the winter and 120,000 hay bales.”

Pam added: “Throughout the years we have seen truly heart-breaking cases of inhumanity towards these beautiful creatures and many stories can leave you welling up with tears and anger. But the financial support from local residents has created heart-warming tales of recovery and happiness, many of which can be seen when walking around our paddocks and fields like Rosie, who had a concrete block dropped on her head.

“Within the last 30 years we have taken huge steps to providing the necessary care and love for these creatures and with your assistance we can continue into the future. To continue for the future every donation makes a difference.”