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Highveld Horse Care Unit (SA)

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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.


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.