Ash Rescue Centre
Another local charity we are delighted to support is the Ash Rescue Centre for retired horses. However, the 70 acres at Ash Tree Farm provide much more than a calm and humane way for hard-working horses to enjoy their twilight years.
The farm is the home of horticulturalist and equine herbalist Jenny Rogers and horse care specialist Ian Whatley. Together with their team they have returned some of the arable farming land back to nature, creating a reserve by digging ponds; laying hedges; planting trees; planting native grasses and meadow mixes; cultivating seed mixes for birds and even building dedicated habitats for barn owls, bats, beetles, dormice and other animals.
As well as raising money through fundraising and their shop, the Ash Rescue Centre offers animal sponsorship opportunities and even the chance to get married at the farm, surrounded by the idyllic South Hams countryside.
Animals in Distress
When pets in Devon lose their home (or are rescued from an inadequate one), the lucky ones end up with Animals in Distress. Animals in Distress run a Rescue Centre in which dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs are cared for prior to being rehomed.
Animals in Distress live by a six point Mission Statement where they commit to:
- Caring for and nurturing any unwanted pet brought to them (providing there is room for them in the Rescue Centre and they are suitable for rehoming).
- Providing shelter, food, exercise and veterinary care.
- Not putting an animal to sleep without veterinary advice.
- Checking homes for suitability.
- Examining the condition of pets prior to rehoming (via their contracted veterinary surgeon).
- Treating their user groups with respect, understanding and courtesy while demonstrating an inherent sense of duty and helpfulness.
Animals in Distress also run a number of shops in the Devon area.
DOTS (Dogs on the Street, London)
While many homeless charities bemoan the lack of attention and understanding for people sleeping rough, the situation is even worse for their dog companions who are hardly mentioned at all!
DOTS founder Michelle Clark was the first person to start supplying homeless people with essentials for their pets, inspiring many similar grass-roots movements in the process.
For over five years, DOTS have been raising awareness, collecting donations and supplying proper dog food (wet and dry) to homeless people with dogs on the streets of Westminster, Camden, Shoreditch East and other parts of the capital. This not only ensures the dogs are given adequate nutrition, it also relieves the need for their owner to sacrifice their own food for their ‘fur-baby.’
In 2017, DOTS expanded their service to provide mobile outreach services alongside their static dog care stations. As well as food, DOTS provides leads, blankets, padded dog coats, collars, treats and more.
Woofstock will be once again helping AnimalsAsia to raise awareness of the plight of moon bears which are cruelly caged in farms in China and Vietnam in order to supply bile for use in traditional medicine.
On top of the trauma of being caged and subjected to invasive bile extraction procedures, many moon bears are dehydrated and malnourished with old or unproductive bears sometimes left to starve to death.
AnimalsAsia rescue and rehabilitate moon bears while working to reduce demand for their bile.
The charity are also involved in visiting and documenting the cruel and often illegal trade in cats and dogs for human consumption.
They also created the innovative Dr Dog animal-assisted therapy programme as one of many ways to change the relationship between humans and dogs in the region. By demonstrating that dogs feel pain and experience emotions like us, more people will stand up and protect them.