Say neigh to a commercial Christmas, horse charities ask

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As shops gear up for Christmas with sparkling lights and gift ideas, horse charities are urging shoppers to forego the commercial side of the festive season and make their yuletide spend really count.

As well as an array of gifts, decorations, and cards in its Christmas shop, Redwings is also offering a year’s sponsorship of one of their Adoption Star horse or donkeys for just £12.50. While the equines won’t be under the tree on Christmas morning, the recipient will receive regular letters and photos from their new furry friend. “Not only will your loved one receive a year of friendship from their new four-legged friend but your sponsorship will help care for them all year round – it really is the gift that keeps giving.”

Redwings’ 24 Adoption Stars live at one of five visitor centres in Norfolk, Essex, Warwickshire and Angus, and include Elvis, stunning Shire cross Major, mighty Shetland pony Sampson and super-cute donkey Minnie.

Redwings adoption ponies "The Gangsters".
Redwings adoption ponies “The Gangsters”.

Brooke USA has a tax-deductible shop offering an array of virtual gifts to support the international equine welfare charity, Brooke.

Gift choices start at $25 which could, for example, provide a blanket to a hard-working horse in the mountains in winter, and go up to $5000 which could help to stock one of Brooke’s free veterinary hospitals in a developing country.

The funds raised by the Brooke USA Shop support all of Brooke’s equine welfare programs across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Central America by making it possible for veterinarians to provide free treatment for overworked, dehydrated, injured, sick, lame and malnourished animals. It also makes it possible for Brooke to provide free training for owners, service providers, and entire villages in more humane methods of using their animals.

Mares and foals in developing countries will be among the beneficiaries of proceeds from Brooke USA Shop donations. Their owners will learn new skills to provide a better start for foals at a critical time in their lives.
Mares and foals in developing countries will be among the beneficiaries of proceeds from Brooke USA Shop donations. Their owners will learn new skills to provide a better start for foals at a critical time in their lives.

British-based international charity World Horse Welfare is also running a Christmas Gift Appeal. The charity says Christmas should be a special time of year filled with warmth and love.

“But for horses that have been left to fend for themselves in the bitter cold, without food or anyone to care for them, winter can be the harshest time of all.”

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