They go the extra mile with a smile. Every animal that they come across will be cared for whether a horse or donkey or not. They put not just food in front of them but all of their love and time. I am proud to say that I support such an amazing organazation
You have to go to Highveld to see for yourself, even though the horses/donkeys/ponies have come from neglect, or a bad situation it is a very peacefull peace to be. The work they do and the dedication they have is amazing!!
I have known the Highveld Horse Care Unit since its inception as an extension of the Vereeniging SPCA, and have fostered/adopted 3 of their rescuees. Sadly, the first of these, Larkspur has just had to be euthanased to spare her the indignity and pain of an infirm old age. She was 32, and the HHCU gave her 22 good years of life after they rescued her as a "no hoper" in 1990. Their selfless, compassion, bravery and hard work cannot be sufficiently praised, and every cent of the funding they receive improves the lives of the many equines under pressure in South Africa and Lesotho.
I am in a strong position to review the Highveld Horse Care Unit’s value to equines in particular and society in general, having for 7 years shared the adoption of Thandi, their first rescuee.
In the late 1980s, when the Vereeniging SPCA rescued this little animal from pulling a coal cart, she looked more like a shrivelled sheep than anything equine. Bev Seabourne, the then SPCA manager and her staff pitched in to do something about the crying need for more help in the area. Several years later, the Highveld Horse Care Unit had grown so big that it became a separate organisation with premises of its own.
In June 1990, they rescued a thin, injured 9-year-old mare (who looked like a worn-out coir door mat) from a situation which, I believe, would have killed her in a very short time. Although at rock bottom, she moved with pride and dignity. We adopted her and now, 22 years later, our bright chestnut Larkspur is still a loved and respected member of our family.
These are just two good-news stories of very, very many that the HHCU have helped to write. Yet the crying need remains, particularly in Lesotho and among the donkeys of South Africa. Knowing the Unit and its people as well as I do, I am certain that they will all keep working tirelessly and selflessly bring out the best in people and their animals, to the benefit of many, because compassion is contagious.
HHCU does what only so many of us wish we could do. I do not have the emotional strength to put up with what HHCU does and therefore I help as much as I can with my financial donations monthly. They are a voice for each equine they rescue and give each rescued equine a second chance to experience a good life. It is unbelievable how human kind can abuse and neglect animals, fortunately there is HHCU to make a difference (and man do they try hard!) I really do appreciate that they try first to educate equine owners in properly caring for and maintaining the good health of their working equines, in essence this is making difference. But I am very relieved that in extremely severe cases they confiscate the equines and rehabilitate them. Thank you HHCU for all the work you do and for having the emotional strength to keep at it. I sleep better at night knowing that you guys are using every cent and resource that you have available to you to save the ill treated equines out there. I will work hard at my day job just so that I can keep supporting you financially. I believe in you guys. God bless*
In April 2011 it came to HHCU's attention that a very thin frieian mare was for sale by the previous owner. This mare more resembled a starving bovine than the baroque type frieian mare she was supposed to be. HHCU removed her from the owner and after a few months I was able to adopt this girl. I drove to thir premises to meet her first,and I take my hat off to every single person that works with the sad sad cases of animal neglect and cruelty. I am a medical professional and yet will never be able to deal with the pain and suffering these angels see on a daily basis. My friesian mare today is our happy,stocky paddock ornament..she will never be ridden. Not only was this girl starved,but she must have endured horrible acts of abuse and cruelty. If it was not for HHCU this mare would have been sold on,bred with and prob ridden..all with a oreviously broken pelvis and a shutdown soul. HHCU has my utmost respect and admiration. Dr Helena Hendriks
I adopted a mare from HHCU a couple of weeks ago,and i couldn't be happier. The help and service was fantastic,the work that they do is amazing. They made my dream come true.
This organization is of the utmost importance they not only rescue horese in distress but help to educate and assit with the working hosres and donkeys in the less fortunate arears were they are desperatley needed. I personaly have adopted from them . They are compassionate knowlegable and caring people who sometimes have to bare abuse . Without this organization our country would be a poorer place. They are angels . Bring care and respect to to the hard working equines and also thier owners. Please help where you can.
Highveld horse care unit gave me my dream back by giving me my amazing horse....he has brought such joy in my life, he is gentle, plasid and just WONDERFUL!!! I'm so grateful for the work they do and they are truely wonderful and caring people!!! I take my hat off to them for the work and effort they do for these animals!!!! You guys are amazing!!!
Was very impressed with the neatness of the Unit and the dedication that staff displayed towards the equines. This Unit is making a difference to the lives of so many horses and donkeys and deserves each and every person's support.