This week Pablo’s welcomed 2 new arrivals – in the form of 2 new feral cats to the yard! The cats are a sister and brother called Pixie and Dixie and are around 1 year old. Both of the little ones are black and white, and have come from the charity Rock Cats Home in Grantham. Dawn, one of our long-standing volunteers provided the donation for the cats and they are currently being kept inside the barn to get used to their new home, before they are let outside. It is hard to find homes for feral cats, however these make ideal stable cats as they are fantastic rat-catchers and enjoy their independence on the yard, whilst having a permanent home with all necessary care provided.
All the horses and ponies are well and enjoying the last of the summer sun. This week we welcomed new volunteers, Camille, Clare and Kathy and say a welcome back to volunteer Alex who has returned from his long holidays. Other volunteers, Gayle and Rachel have been at the Final of the Vale View EC Arena Eventing Challenge 2011, Nottingham Road, Old Dalby, Leicestershire, which was being televised by Horse and Country TV. A fundraising stall with a great game of Guess The Name Of The Pony with prizes of Pimms and Harvey Bristol Sherry was held. For those of you who attended the event, the pony’s name was Puff-Ball and the horse’s name was Silver and congratulations to both of the winners. A fantastic £80 was raised and as always 100% of this will be spent on the welfare of the horses and ponies. A big thank you to Julie and Mark Hyslop at Vale View for their support.
Meanwhile, our volunteer Fix-It team were busy this weekend as work started on a special Winter field shelter for Freeway. Freeway doesn’t always get on well with other horses and ponies, instead preferring human company, so this Winter he will need his own special quarters. Knowing our fantastic “Fix-It’ team only a 5-star accommodation for Freeway will do!
To raise much need funds for the Winter feed bill – a few dates for your diary . On Thursday 20th October a Fun Quiz Night is to be held at the Noel’s Arms, Melton Mowbray starting at 8.30pm. The brilliant local Quiz Master – Paul Jaggard will be hosting the quiz with great prizes on offer. Also on 18th November a Music Night is to be held at the Rugby Club in Melton Mowbray. A fantastic opportunity to see the band “Revolution” with 3 of the best known and talented musicians playing a wide selection of songs from Beatles to Small Faces. Also on the night a raffle and disco into the small hours. At only £5 on the door a great night out.
Also don’t forget to register for the 5km Sponsored Walk / Dog Walk on Saturday 29th October, starting a 2.00pm at RandR Country Superstore, Thorpe Arnold in Melton Mowbray. Please see the tab for more information and you can download the registration form from there as well.
Unfortunately the Sanctuary is full at the moment, as whilst we really do appreciate the current climate which is resulting in a large amount of unwanted horses and ponies, and that this is anticipated to continue over the coming Winter months, please be aware the Sanctuary is completely full. Also due to the high increase in costs for hay and feed this is having an impact on the Sanctuary and therefore Pablo’s is unable to offer places. Pablo’s so wishes it has the resources to help every pony and horse, but our sincere apologies that we are not able to.
Next week there will be no update due to holidays, but remember to tune-in the week after for a double epidsode of news!
Have a good week.