Dear Rudolph... All I want for Christmas is...


Dear Rudolph,

All I want for Christmas is.......proper veterinary care, water year round, softer saddles, grooming kits, owners who know how to look after me, eye care, food, somewhere to rest.... 

Our hard working animals do a lot for us in all sorts of ways, from assistance dogs to camels, donkeys, mules and horses. There are a number of charities working to helped animals who are working so hard in often terrible conditions to help.  You can buy virtual gifts for animal lovers which really can make a difference to the animals working to help us.  Many would be great stocking fillers, or Secret Santas or gifts for an animal loving friend.  Or just a gift from you to a hard-working animal.  

Here are some virtual gift ideas to help animals....

Help the Horse Trust care for horses and donkeys who have served the nation

The Horse Trust is based near Princes Risborough and it cares for horses, ponies and donkeys who have served the nation or been rescued.  Some of the horses  have had careers with the police or military forces;  some of the ponies have devoted their lives to helping with Riding for the Disabled.  Others have been rescued from terrible conditions.  The Horse Trust has a number of virtual gifts from £5.00.   Find out more here 

Help the Horse Trust care for horses and donkeys who have served the nation
 Give rescue animals a bale of hay at the Hillside Animal Sanctuary

Give a bale of hay to the rescue animals at Hillside Animal Sanctuary for £5.00.   Click here to canter away to Hillside Animal Sanctuary for more details. 

Treat a donkey to a virtual gift with the Safe Haven for Donkeys who care for donkeys, mules and horses in the Holy Land.  You can treat them to a hoof trimming session for £10.00, a vet 

Treat a horse to a hoof trimming session for £10.00 or Hay for a Day or food for a week. You could also treat them to a session with a dentist or a vet, a rest station or foal milk replacement.   Click here to see the range of virtual gifts available.

Find out more about the Safe Haven for Donkeys's virtual gifts
SPANA has a similar range of Health and Happiness gifts to help animals - you can help teach the owners of tomorrow how to care for their working animals by providing animal welfare lessons, provide essential dental checks (Long in the Tooth), fill a medicine cabinet, give donkeys doughnut bandages to protect them from wounds rubbing against their back & more...  Visit SPANA's online shop to find out more Help SPANA help working horses throughout the world
 Get knitting and help donkeys! If you're looking for something to do in the winter months, you could get knitting or sewing to help donkeys!   They are knitted by supporters and then sold in to raise funds to support the charity.  Find out more here
Adopt a Donkey from the Donkey Sanctuary.  The donkeys arrive at the Donkey Sanctuary for many different reasons, but you can adopt a donkey from 7p a day and guarantee these donkeys future with the Sanctuary.  I gave my parents an adoption (Moses) as a gift and they were delighted with him and really enjoyed redeiving their updates on how he was getting on!  The one pictured right is called Percy, bless him.  Click here to Adopt a Donkey  The Donkey Sanctuary has a number of new donkeys you can adopt!

World Horse Welfare also has some virtual gifts to provide their teams with the fuel that is needed to reach horses in one of these communities where access to help and support would not otherwise be possible. Go to their Online Shop here


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