Highveld Horse Care Unit (SA)

Rating: 4.92 stars   24 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: Highveld Farm Valley Settlements, Randvaal Gauteng 1873 South Africa

Mission: To improve the welfare of equines in South Africa through education and assistance
Results: We have so far this year carried out one outreach clinic per month in townships and rural areas, where the owners are 99% unemployed, and have had no formal or animal welfare education. These animals are vital to their owners making a living. There is a tremendous improvement in the condition of the animals where we have worked.
Target demographics: areas where there are large numbers of working horses and donkeys that have never had the benefit of education or welfare assistance
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 4000 horses and donkeys
Geographic areas served: the larger part of South Africa
Programs: Township working horse clinics Donkey Clinics Inspectorate - equine welfare
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Highveld Horse Care Unit do the most outstanding work. They sometimes work under cruel, inhumane, difficult situations but they always do their best to make the situations workable. They are compassionate, dedicated, passionate about what they do. They provide the most amazing services to everybody and never turn a soul away. I applaud them for their work, dedication and the fact they have limited resources to do what they do.

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A lot

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Highveld Horse Care Unit South Africa - Rescue Unit that survives on donations and fund raising. Does a wonderful job helping out in the townships with the cart horses and donkeys, always willing to assist owners who cannot afford to keep their horses anymore. Even travels to neighbouring states to assist their. Need all the help they can get to continue their great work.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I live in Port Elizabeth and support the local branch of the Horse Care Unit which falls under the HHCU. To this end, we could not do the work which is being done without the HHCU. They travel great distances, face unbelievably obnoxious people, face danger with abused animals and violent owners and NEVER ever turn away from a crisis. In fact, HHCU is now even going further than SA and now helping horses in Lesotho. The need is so great and the cruelty so and with HHCU being the only horse rescue charity, they desperately need every bit of help which is given. Not only do they rescue horses but they also educate people on caring for their animals as well as helping out with blankets, food, farriery, dentistry and whatever else is needed. I would request that you consider the HHCU highly as a most deserving charity.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having visited the HHCU a few times, it touches my heart to see how much they do for the neglected and abused horses who may not have had anyone come to their aid if the HHCU were not around. They are very necessary for our country's horses and do amazing work.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Highveld Horse Care Unit works tirelessly to help horses that really don't have a voice. They are understaffed, underfunded, underequipped and still manage to do absolutely incredible work: Their Facebook page and Website publish regular success stories.

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Rating: 5 stars  

There is no value that I can place on the work they do. I have donated money and tack many times in the past and I know that every time it goes to a good cause. I have volunteered there as well, helping in the fields and giving the horses some much needed love and I can say that they are always looked after exceptionally well. They have all the care and attention they need to make speedy recoveries from abuse and neglect. Thank you to them for all the work they do in removing a bit of misery from the world

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Highveld Horse Care Unit is a very professional, hard working non profit organization; that does outstanding work in South Africa. It is very clear to see that almost all the money that they receive goes to where it is needed; the animals. They do not spend it on nice cars. nice offices etc ( as many non-profits do)...I have lived in South Africa and now live in the US, and I would HIGHLY encourage anyone on the US wanting to make a difference to horses and donkeys in Africa to support this organization. They also do a lot of educating and helping people who need donkeys etc for their livelihood, but may lack the knowledge on training/treatment. Please support them, they really DO what their web-sites says it does ( and I have been there to see it.)

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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Thank you so much for your support - you know how much we appreciate it!

Rating: 5 stars  

The HHCU are absolutely amazing and they will go to all lengths to protect our horses and donkeys. I cannot imagine what life would be like without them. Absolute Angels!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The highveld Horse Care Unit (aka HHCU) is a non profit organization that takes care of all equines far and wide. They provide their services, clinics, tack, deworming and hay to those that cannot afford it. They also try to educate people on how to better look after their horses, especially those that rely on their horses for an income.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The HIghveld Horsecare Unit is a non-profit organisation without any support other than from caring members of the public and adopters of horses / ponies and donkeys that become available. Working in hostile terrains and in situations for which experience cannot always prepare, these dedicated, caring professionals are always willing to go beyond the call of duty to rescue horses/ponies and donkeys. More often than not, they lack funds, equipment, medical supplies and basic welfare requirements but yet they still step up to the plate to ensure the safety and well-being of the animals they endeavour to rescue on a day to day basis. Their outreach programs to squatter farm residents has borne many success stories and has proven time and again that abuse of animals in these areas stems from ignorance of care. Many of these owners came back to show the staff the rewards of their hard work. The Jockey Club of South Africa needs to step up and take responsibility in assisting the Unit when complaints are laid against trainers who simply get rid of horses without first checking their new homes of their future care. These horses could be donated to the unit who would place them via their adoption program and in so doing ensure the welfare of the horse for time to come and also to recieve a small income via the adoption fee enabling them to carry on their wonderful work.

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Life-changing

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2012

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