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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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


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.)

Comments ( 1 )


info107 07/24/2012

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