Deansrath Community College students – module in animal welfare

This year, Deansrath Community College students trialed an exclusive module in animal welfare, which has recently been shortlisted as an optional short course for the new Junior Cycle programme.

The Echo Newspaper

By Maurice Garvey

ANIMAL cruelty cases sadly crop up in areas across South Dublin County all too often.

With that in mind, it is reassuring to see that students in Clondalkin have completed a pioneering module on animal welfare.

Deansrath Community College Students

This year, Deansrath Community College students trialed an exclusive module in animal welfare, which has recently been shortlisted as an optional short course for the new Junior Cycle programme.

It followed a visit to the school by volunteer group My Lovely Horse Rescue, who shared their experience of working on the ground to protect abused animals.

Matt Corbett, Deansrath CC teacher and director of the animal welfare course, said students wanted to continue to promote the issue and bring attention to the mistreatment of animals.

He said: “Incidents of animal abuse and neglect in the country have become the norm, not the exception. There are fantastic organisations with incredible volunteers such as MLHR who came to visit our school and speak to us about their experience.

“But without funding and increased education initiatives it is a constant battle to bring about change. Serious political will is required.

“A protest for action to uphold and enforce animal welfare laws took place outside Leinster House earlier this month to coincide with World Animal Day. Volunteers and students at Deansrath are hoping the public will continue to remind their politicians that animal neglect can no longer be tolerated.”

 

Hanora we adore you

Hanora writes her final HHO Chapter 

Hello Everyone,

Some of you may remember me from some years back and will be very familiar with my story. Others will be newer followers so we’ll take a little walk down memory lane for a few moments. For those of you who don’t know me my name is Hanora. I met the ladies and gentlemen at HHO over 3 years ago now. On one August morning that turned my life around. I was once abused, neglected and unwanted.

A makeshift halter embedded in my nose I could scarcely remember a day without it. It sat there sinking in to my skin for years so much so it completely deformed my face and it was massively infected, I could smell it. Maggots festered inside my open wounds and at times I thought I had died and gone straight to hell. The constant agony, the constant reminder I was worthless, my so called owner did not even have the decency to try and remove this halter. I was suffering so visibly for years.

 

 

But then I met the HHO team, to this day I still see the sympathy in their eyes, I remember the tears and the nights they sat up talking to me, uttering apologies that they didn’t find me sooner. The worst thing is I know they were trying to help me but at times treating my injuries was sometimes a little sore or stingy and at times I ran away from them only to give in eventually.

For the first time in so long humans treated me with respect, they gave me my dignity back, I could eat again, I could enjoy life with no worries. I soon settled in to my life at HHO, it was security, comforting and I always got the special treatment. I suppose a little like a VIP. They’d say things like ‘Ah it’s Hanora, she’s an old lady, she can do what she likes’ or ‘ah it’s Hanora of course, if she wants the sweetest grass (the lawn) she can have it’ or my personal favorite ‘ah Hanora doesn’t have to do anything just be Happy’ I took this last one to heart and I enjoyed every second of my life. I especially liked the times I chose to be happy by galloping around the fields like a race horse in the lashing rain while the poor clowns stood watching me and calling me, I can still hear it ‘ah Hanora would you not just come in’. Between you and me it’s the little things that count and I always knew they would wait for me. I’d never be forgotten again.

 

 

So a little time past and they told me at HHO they found a very special foster home, maybe even one I could live out my days in, being just that little bit older. I was happy there, the endless supply of carrots and apples kept me ticking over nicely. But sadly to finish my life there wasn’t to be. My foster mother was quite elderly too and sadly she could no longer look after me so I came home. Home to HHO and it was settled I would retire there, I’d hang out with the oldies and sure we’d kick up our heels and we’d always have a roof over our little grey heads. You’ll never believe what happened next?? I got a permanent home offer. One I can actually live out my days in, a family of my own. I can do as I please as I have grown so fond of doing. I’m a pensioner I don’t have to please anyone.

I left HHO today and as I walked to the horse lorry I could see their faces a mix of disbelief, pride and sadness. Their old lady leaving them. I think I even saw a tear or two (this isn’t fully confirmed) but I definitely heard ‘i can’t believe this’ repeatedly spoken.

So I make my final trip to what I can finally call my home, in Germany if you don’t mind! The vet said I’m very well and healthy and when I saw that ramp I jumped on it like a pony half my age, gosh I was delighted with myself and of course sure they had to tell the big Hanora story to the driver and anyone else that would listen. Finally my happy ending has come. I can tell those who I left behind are nervous and excited and will be on tender hooks until they hear I’m home safely. It’s nice to be loved and it’s nice to know at least some people will miss me.

Tonight as a whole new chapter begins for me, I take a little bit of HHO with me in my heart and I know I leave a huge chunk of Hanora in all the hearts of the people at HHO, I know they’ll be watching and I know they’ll continue to walk my journey with me.

Goodbye to you all, I’ll send you an update or two from my awesome new home with little Annie (sure she’s nearly as old as me), we’re a bit excited.

Love Hanora

 

 

Goodbye our dear friend we’ll never ever ever forget you, you have brought light even on the darkest days. We’ll be missing you but we’re so proud and so happy for you our little dear. We’ll see you soon and safe travels – HHO

Winter hay appeal

Winter Hay Appeal

Please Share and Help if you can! They are counting on you

With a very difficult summer just after passing, Unfortunately we have been thrown in to the depths of winter much quicker than we had hoped and even expected. Land is flooded, the horses need to come in already, we’re using more hay than we ever could have imagined at this early point, those still out are even being substituted with bales.

As re homing will almost come to a standstill over the winter and the large numbers we expect to need our help we’re appealing to you all to help us to be able to continue to help.
This winter we will spend a colossal amount on fodder as always.
€4       will buy a square bale
€30     will buy a round bale

In the winter months we will use 10 round bales per day! (That’s a lot of hay).

If you would like to help feed a pony this winter all you have to do is donate whatever you can afford by using the link below

HTTP://www.hungryhorseoutside.com/donate/

or you can donate via bank:

Bank Name:                Ulster Bank Longford
Bank Address:            Main Street, Longford
Bank Account No:     10753576
Sort Code:                   98-60-30
BIC:                              ULSBIE2D
I BAN:                          IE49ULSB98603010753576

 

 

It’s a ruff life for Aisha

Rescue dog aisha
Aisha

This morning as we arrived to the office, we were met with this little girl and her so called owners, the same old story, “we don’t want her any moreyou take her”. Oh yes she’s pregnant, it’s too much hassle of to take care of her.
Their little dog, wagged her tail at her owners and had such love in her eyes, they didn’t see this, she growled at us, we meant nothing to her just strangers, not a bad bone in her little body, she was just terrified. Her owners even had the cheek to ask for her collar and lead for their new dog and without a second thought for the whimpering little dog turned around and walked away from her, while she cried for them. Not one second glance, she whimpered and growled until eventually she allowed us to stroke her.
We brought her for a little walk, she saw some of her so called family and tried desperately to get back to them. She doesn’t understand she was a commodity to them, she doesn’t understand they don’t care about her, she doesn’t understand why they left her with strangers. Whilst we’re aware circumstances change, this is certainly not the case here. The little dog was just too much hassle, they have a new dog now, little Asha doesn’t matter to them.
We’re so sick of picking up the pieces from people who just don’t think, all across the board, we spend our days, weeks, months and even years trying to rebuild the lives of animals who simply don’t understand they are no longer wanted. It is so infuriating to think that there is people out there whose attitude is “some rescue will take it, it’ll be their problem now” 2017 has brought so many good animal welfare charities to their knees including ourselves because of this flippant attitude and little support, the same people making demands who would never ever put their hand in their pocket and give a donation to a rescue.
We’d wonder if the person who bred her and sold her (not microchipped or spayed) knows that she’s now unwanted and in pup or was she just a euro sign to them too.

This little girl is warm, fed, vaccinated and laying in a bed now, at least we can draw comfort in that.

None of us can continue making a difference without help.

If the good people of Ireland would like to donate towards little Asha’s care and veterinary attention or for any of the animals in our care, you can do so via pay pal by clicking the link below.
HTTP://www.hungryhorseoutside.com/donate/