Mountains is delighted to announce it will be merging with horse welfare charity Redwings Horse Sanctuary.

The merger in July will see the Scottish charity taking the new name Redwings Mountains.

Redwings Hourse SanctuaryRedwings is the largest horse sanctuary in the UK, with 1300 horses in its care at nine sites across England; however it conducts rescues right across the United Kingdom, including Wales and Scotland and also offers support to smaller horse charities in Ireland. This merger is a meeting of minds of two horse welfare charities who each provide rescue, sanctuary, rehabilitation and where possible rehoming for animals in need. At Mountains we were seeking a secure future after thirty years of dedicated welfare work, and our Trustees have been working with Redwings Trustees and Chief Executive to ensure our horses, donkeys and staff can join the Redwings family. It is anticipated that the merger will be concluded officially within the next two weeks.

Redwings Chief Executive Lynn Cutress said: "We are absolutely thrilled to merge with Mountains Animal Sanctuary. As with any merger, the devil is in the detail and we would like to thank their staff and ours who have all been so supportive throughout and are excited about what the future holds. I would also like to personally thank the Scottish Charity Regulator OSCR who have been an absolute pleasure to work with. The timing is right for Redwings in our thirtieth year to expand our horizons over the border and we look forward to meeting the local community and of course being in a position to help even more horses in desperate need."

Ian Hunter, Chairman of Mountains' trustees, added that he and his fellow trustees are delighted that the Charity is merging with Redwings. "We are confident that the work of our founder can be continued with the support of this highly respected equine charity, and that the welfare needs of horses, ponies and donkeys in Scotland will be met thanks to the caring and compassionate ethos of the Redwings Mountains staff and volunteers".

For more information about Redwings please visit www.redwings.org.uk

Scotland’s largest re-homing and adoption centre for horses, ponies and donkeys.

Rosie's Story

RosieRosie came to Mountains Animal Sanctuary on 24th March 2010. She came to us in a herd of nine horses who traveled from Essex. She is 29 years old, is an Arab and has a nervous disposition. This will come as no surprise when we tell you her story.

Rosie was grazing under a bridge in the late summer of 2005. The vet report says that an extensive blunt trauma, non - accidental injury was inflicted on Rosie from a height. She suffered multiple fractures on her face and the injuries left her with no sight in her left eye. The eye never recovered and when Rosie arrived here at Mountains, we decided to remove it. It took Sam (assisted by Richard) from Parkside Vets in Dundee, three hours to remove the eye. This is a very delicate slow operation as the removal has to be done in minute stages. Rosie remained standing up and heavily sedated. The procedure was completely successful thanks to Sam and Richard for their patience and tenacity that afternoon.

Rosie's bonded pair is Opus. They forage, drink and move together within a herd of other Arabs. Rosie has to be sedated for the vet and the farrier. She likes her little routine when the vet comes to sedate her. The vet and one handler is what she is most comfortable with and she prefers her injection to be on her right side of her neck. If we follow this pattern then she is quite happy.

Otherwise, Rosie is healthy and lives comfortable in her herd with her companions. She is a remarkable girl, considering her life experiences and will live out her days happily here at Mountains.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Visitors Centre

These retail sales are via our on-site and online sales outlets. Open daily, the on-site retail shop is, though, just part of the attraction of Mountains Animal Sanctuary where, via our small Visitor Centre, we are happy to arrange tours of this busy Equine Rescue Centre as the main element of your fascinating visit here. We offer light refreshments in our tea room.

Please contact us to discover how you might involve yourself in vital fund raising events or volunteer work.

Investigate, too, how you might help to fulfil our ever expanding workload at Mountains Animal Sanctuary, via:-

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For the Easter School Holidays our opening times are extended from Saturday 28th March until Sunday 20th April from 11.00 am to 4.30 pm.

Open Daily from 2 to 4.30pm (closed 25th & 26th Dec and1st & 2nd Jan) tours are available and If you wish to enquire about our group bookings, please contact us.

Visit our Sanctuary Shop, at the Visitors Centre for refreshments, mementos and gifts.

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