A beautiful surprise in the post yesterday. Many thanks to Isabelle who so thoughtfully sent a box of gifts for the HHO horses all the way from Switzerland.
Not only do kind gestures like this benefit the horses, but it gives us people a great boost. It makes us stronger to know we have kindred spirits out there and helps us keep fighting for Ireland’s forgotten animals.
Thank you to everyone from the bottoms of our heat for all your support, we could not do it without you.
Here at HHO we will always do our best to help an animal in need. We didn’t turn away when they needed us. Sadly we neither have the space, the resources or the man power to meet the demand for help.
Of late a massive amount of donkeys have needed us. Many have come from horrendous circumstances, we have done our very best to set them on the path to recovery. Donkeys are a very special part of Irish culture but thousands of donkeys per year are cast aside in our fair country, labelled as “worthless”, well we disagree, they are beautiful, intelligent and wonderful animals, who make fantastic family pets.
Our video features just a handful of donkeys who needed our help recently, all of whom are looking for a new home. To continue helping those in need, we need to rehome as many of our “ready” donkeys as possible. Can you imagine being greeted by those long ears each morning? Can you give a donkey a place to call home?
If you would like to hear more about the rehoming procedure and what is expected from a potential home please email firstname.lastname@example.org we would be happy to speak with you.
These two very young goats were dumped on a lane near Longford no one else would take the poor babies in. Mick here at HHO has his hands full. A little donation for milk for them would really be a great help as we are snowed under with horses. And a big thanks to the people who brought them to us other wise they would have not made it.
A Happy Ending for Sky and Drover
Sky and Drover seemed to be with us forever, on and off since they were both babies. The two of them had been placed in homes in Ireland but for some reason or another had to come back to us.
Months passed and no one even batted an eyelid at our boys. Two, very sweet and kind little men. We had resigned ourselves that the boys would stay with us forever but our hearts ached to give them a family of their own.
Out of the blue we were contacted by a lovely lady who had seen our boys and instantly she fell in love and thus began their beautiful new life. When they left us we were overwhelmed by emotions, seeing our little boys driving away to cross Europe to meet their new family. Nerves set in and we waited here for news of their arrival.
Our worries vanished the minute they arrived, their family eagerly waiting for them and instantly their new life began, loved, spoiled cherished. It is everything we ever dreamed of and more. After spending much of their lives at HHO their day finally came. We’re so proud of our little men and we’re blessed that so many of our adopters continue to share their story with us.
Here they are in their home, another wonderful success story. We’ll be watching little men!
Forgotten horses and hho wormed and microchiped the remaining ponys but again there was another down
Our little Loughrea darling managed to stand today with a little help. She has a small bit of fight. As you can see she is literally skin and bone. We’ve everything crossed for our girl. Please keep her in your thoughts we’re willing her to get stronger. Come on girl!!!
Sadly, no matter how hard we tried, little Starlight did not have the strength to continue her fight. She slipped away to rainbow bridge joining so many of Ireland’s forgotten horses. Run Free our little darling.
The Rainbow Bridge For Horses
By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
when their time on earth is over and done.
For here, between this world and the next,
is a place where beloved creatures find rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
til The Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.
No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
for here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed.
Their bodies have healed with strength imbued.
They trot through the grass without even a care,
til one day they whinny and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes sharp and alert.
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the herd.
For just at that second, there's no room for remorse.
As they see each other…one person…one horse.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past
The time of their parting is over at last.
The sadness they felt while they were apart
has turned to joy once more in each heart.
They nuzzle with a love that will last forever.
And then, side-by- side, they cross over…together.
Yesterday brought our last European Transport of 2016, 11 more unwanted and forgotten horses left HHO to find a new life in Germany. How things have changed is incredible, instead of desperation we have an element of hope.
This programme started just with a conversation or maybe a dream of a better life for our equines, it exploded in to a phenomenal European Rehoming Programme which continues to go from strength to strength, it has not only opened the door for our own horses but we embrace the doors it has opened for many, many other rescue organisations.
2016, was our greatest year for rehoming horses, we have successfully placed way over 200 horses in their new homes. This has allowed us to save more horses than we could have ever dreamed of.
As our horses rest on route to their new homes, we have a sense of pride in what we have created, what we have done and what we have achieved. Our programme has become so strong, we recently made the decision to partner with an excellent UK transport company who have given us the opportunity to deliver our own horses, in a state of the art vehicle giving our horses the most comfortable journey possible to their new homes. Our dream and our own people, seeing our horses all the way home, something we have always wanted to do.
So we wave goodbye to our last 11 of 2016, we look forward to 2017 and breaking our rehoming record, further expanding our programme. We look forward to all the days where we wave goodbye to another load, the sigh of relief, when they arrive home safely and the days where the updates come.
Tonight, our little ones are resting on their journey home. They’ll snooze ,stretch, roll and play and tomorrow continue to their final destination.
Good Luck to Etana, Finn, Roger, Dreamer, Erin, Rosie, Baz, Orkan, Torin, Nero and Doodles. Those days you stood alone as your friends died around you are long gone, the future will be bright and the past just a distant memory, we’re very proud of you all and we’re privileged to have been part of your recovery and to have been able to give you a fresh start. Keep the rescue flag flying all the way across Europe boys and girls!
A massive thank you to all our German admins who dedicate so much of their time to help our Irish horses, we could not do it with out you.
Our drivers, Mandy and Tom, safe travelling!
Please Share and Help, don’t turn a blind eye tonight and don’t assume someone else will help.
Tonight we sit with tears in our eyes, shaking our heads in dismay, our hearts broken and our spirit crushed, wondering if we are fighting a losing battle, will anything ever change for these animals. Tonight we could express our anger in a million ways, but truthfully we are too upset to be angry and such a post will not help this beautiful girl who needs our help
This afternoon we happened among this little girl. She needed our help and we could not turn our back on her. What a pitiful sight she is, not much more than a pup but a life time of abuse she has led, neglected and left to suffer horrendously.
Covered from head to toe in mange, her skin is on fire, we couldn’t even imagine the pain it has caused her. Open and untreated wounds cover her frail little body, a look of desperation in her eyes.A computer cable wrapped tightly around her neck. It is beyond our comprehension how this girl could be left to suffer like this, how a so called owner could look at her each day and not even care. This little girl is painfully thin, weighing not even half of what she should, probably living on the bare minimum she needed to just survive.Is this a life for any dog? The sheer cruelty is just beyond belief, it’s just heartbreaking to see these innocent little ones subjected to this appalling treatment and sadly we won’t be able to change the world overnight but we will do our absolute best to change the world for this little girl.
She is currently undergoing intensive veterinary treatment, she spent today at our vets, where they have done their absolute best to make her more comfortable and begin her treatment.
We’d like to thank everyone who helped today, those who brought her to our attention and the ladies in the vets who vowed to do their best to help.
This little girl has a very long road to recovery but we are hopeful she will get there and we are more than willing to stay with her every step of the way, we’re also hoping the public will get behind her and do their best to support her, even a couple of euro will help towards her veterinary fees and care.
Tonight she is comfortable, lying in a bed of her own, exhausted and sleeping.
We’re hoping for a Christmas miracle.
If you wish to help with a small donation towards the veterinary costs you can do so here http://www.hungryhorseoutside.com/donate/
Why don’t you visit HHO’ s moving crib tomorrow behind our Charity Shop, Hibernian Court, Longford! Let’s get in to the festive spirit, drop by and see some of our beautiful animals and don’t forget to introduce yourself to Johnnie our lovely Llama.
Sunday is a day of rest,but as always for our HHO Animal welfare advisers and Carers it is a busy day.
So many horses, ponies and donkies to care for and also a long day on the road for 2 of our advisers who set sail on a 9 hour round trip to pick up a small family of donkeys who needed our help! No one could step forward to help these poor souls! Their owner, elderly, who fell ill couldn’t care for them anymore! Mommy, 27 years old and her 3 children 20, 14 and 15.
Help was asked for and doors were closed, but Everyone here in HHO knew they couldn’t close the door on these poor souls!
Boots where lost and socks are in the bin however the difficulties were overcome and the family of 4 were safely loaded! A lot of tenderness and care was needed as Mom hadn’t moved from her home in 20 years and her children had never left the security of the only pace they knew as home! They need lots of tlc and farrier care and mom needs expert donkey care but we are confident they will settle here with us in HHO and spend the rest of their days feeling secured and loved
This is why we are here… to help people who need support and animals who really need our help.
We need your support so we can help them.
The little family are tucked up in a big stable.
Their journey to a safe haven complete