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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Petro M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are very much involved in the community. They put everything in and more in what they do. They keep you uptodate constantly about all the cases which reasure you as member that the horses are getting the help and love they need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Brigette S.

Donor

Rating: 5

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*

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Fiddlers Green Stables G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!!

Sandra28

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wonderful people doing a fantastic job. They not only care for their equine friends, they also publicise the cases of awful abuse they discover and sometimes the names of the perpetrators.

Nataschja F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Debbie47

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Amanda35

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Meryl R.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Helen F.

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.)

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info107 07/24/2012

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

Jenette W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Esme N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Janet31

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.