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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

Brigette S.


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*

Meryl R.


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.


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

Claire C.


Rating: 5

The Highveld Horse Care unit is a Non Profit Organization that helps the horses and donkeys of South Africa and Lesotho get the ongoing care that they deserve. They hold workshops to educate the owners of animals in rural areas as well as providing dental care and hoof care and where possible free tack so that the animals who are relied on for a living can live the dignified and useful lives without being maimed by careless use of metal wire bits and whips. They take care of reported abuse cases as well as rehoming horses that can no longer be looked after by their owners. They are the saints of the Highveld and without them many animals would die horrible deaths and suffer needlessly from the ignorance of many people. Everyone who can should assist them wherever possible as they truly do the work of angels!