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Pat's April Newsletter (return to main news)

Desperate times


I’m writing once again to ask for public help to keep our Sanctuary going. We are not well-known like some of the bigger Sanctuaries.Last year we approached Redwings to ask if they would take over our horse sanctuary at Thorne Royd, Thurlstone, but they turned us down.We have just received our accounts to the end of June 2016 and they are dreadful.I don’t know how we can carry on without public support.We are not taking in any more horses and have not done so for the past year. It has been a very difficult winter as it has been so wet but fortunately we have enough haylage that my husband fermented from the standing grass we bought out of our donations from last year.Things are really difficult; please help us.We don’t want to have to sell Thorne Royd as it would mean all the ponies would have to go.

We have had help from Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norfolk and are very grateful to Wendy Valentine for all the assistance she has given us.She has taken six of our bigger horses and they are now settled in at Hillside.She also took four bullocks from us which we had rescued as tiny calves in December2015.They were at death’s door when they came to us through Barnsley Council; they had been abandoned.A big thank-you to Wendy.

This year has been a nightmare for requests to take in pigs.I implore people NOT to buy pigs as house pets.They are not.Pigs make lovely pets if you have the right outdoor facilities, but they are definitely not suitable as house pets.Please think carefully before buying one.

We are desperately in need of more fund-raising to help us to keep our Sanctuaries going.We do not want to be forced to close – it would be unthinkable.Mill House Animal Sanctuary has been in existence since 1948 and we desperately want it to continue saving the lives of neglected and abused animals.Without your help we cannot do it as we are in our 70’s and are pensioners.We have only our old age pensions, not company pensions.We can’t afford to advertise on TV or in magazines as that would involve taking money away from our animals – and may not, in any case, be successful.

Please think about us when making your Will.We are on call 24 hours a day and always answer our phone.We desperately need to keep going for the sake of all the animals in our care.

Thank you for reading this appeal.

Pat Hartley