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Autumn 2022

‘Royal’ litter of kittens rescued

Also inside this issue:

• Neglected ‘badger baiting’ dog rescued

• Tilila gets a second chance

• Baby Bentley is all grown up

• Pause for Pets this autumn

Baby Bentley is all grown up

Neglected ‘badger baiting’ dog


Having come into Together for Animals member World Horse Welfare’s care as a foal, Bentley was

rehomed as a yearling and has blossomed with rehomer Jane. Handsome seven-year-old gelding Becks –

known by his rehomer as Bentley – is thriving with Jane, who rehomed him when he was just a year old.

Jane has done a fabulous job of building a bond with Bentley and continuing his education, including

getting him backed to ride once he was old enough.

Bentley came into World Horse Welfare’s care in November 2015 as a six-month-old foal together with his

mum and several other horses, after their owner was struggling to care for them. Bentley’s sunny disposition

soon became apparent, as did the fact that he was a very intelligent youngster who was keen to learn.

By the time he was ready to rehome, it was clear that Bentley was growing rapidly and would probably mature

as quite a big horse. Since he had the potential to become a ridden horse in the future, Bentley was looking

for an experienced rehomer who could make sure he got regular handling as a youngster before bringing him

into work when he was old enough.

Jane rehomed Bentley in 2016 and he’s thrived in her care,

blossoming into a stunning young horse. She backed him to ride

once he was mature enough and the pair have had lots of fun since

then. Once he was more established under saddle, Bentley learned

to jump, and they now enjoy hacking for miles and jumping logs in

the woods.

Jane says: “We moved house last year and have wonderful hacking

in our new area, so we’ve had a great time exploring. It’s been so

rewarding rehoming a youngster, seeing Bentley learn about the

world and getting to watch him develop into the fabulous horse he

is today. He was 14.2hh when I got him and is now 16.1hh, so he’s

grown up a lot in all ways! We’re hoping to start going for lessons

again soon, with the aim of doing some cross country which I think

Bentley will love. I feel really lucky to have been able to rehome him

– he’s such a loving character and of course he’s very handsome too!”

Last year Together for Animals member World Horse Welfare

rehomed 378 horses. Thank you for supporting their work - and

the vital efforts of all our member charities.

A young dog abandoned with

some of the most shocking

injuries our member Blue Cross’

vets have ever seen is now safe

and loved.

Poor Albert was found all alone

in a field by a kind couple

who took him to Blue Cross’

rehoming centre in Kimpton,


The terrier had suffered

horrendous facial wounds,

with numerous cuts and an

enormous, deep cut on his chin.

He would have been in huge

amounts of pain.

“Sadly, we do see some very sad

cases of mistreatment,” says

Kirsten, Rehoming Supervisor

at the Hertfordshire centre. “But

Albert’s injuries were severe, and

the team were all really shocked

that someone had allowed him

to get into that state.

“We’re here to help pets find

new homes when their owners

can no longer care for them, so

there’s no need to leave a dog all

alone, especially when they’re in

a lot of pain.”

Albert, thought to be aged

one, had suffered puncture

wounds to most of his face. Cuts

covered the inside of his lips and

shoulders, his face was swollen,

and he couldn’t open his right

eye. When vets first tried to

examine him, he recoiled in pain.

Everything pointed towards him

being used for the illegal and

cruel practice of badger baiting.

After getting him initial

emergency first aid, Albert was

transferred to the Victoria animal

hospital in central London for

further treatment, where he

remained for a month.

Amanda, London Welfare

Officer, explains: “From the day

he arrived, Albert wagged his

tail at everyone despite being

in huge amounts of pain, which

just shows what a trooper he is.”

“Due to the location of his wound

and the potential for infection,

Albert had to be treated in

isolation for his own protection.

He underwent daily flushes

to clean the wound, as well as

multiple procedures to remove

the dying skin, stretch the

healthy skin, and stitch up small

areas at a time.”

It took three weeks and eight

procedures to get Albert’s

body to a state where it could

eventually heal itself.

Amazed by Albert’s resolve,

Veterinary Surgeon Johannah

took him into foster care and

soon realised just how neglected

the little terrier had been.

Johannah says: “The first day

[in foster care] he was terrified. I

don’t think he’d been in a house

before. I put him on the sofa, and

he just sat there for two hours in

a little shut down ball.”

Slowly, and thanks to Johannah’s

patience, kindness and love,

Albert emerged from his shell.

Unable to part with the sweet

boy, he is now a permanent

member of her family. “Now

he’s perfect,” she adds. “He’s all

healed up and doing very well.”

Thanks to your support animals

like Albert can receive the

lifesaving care and veterinary

treatment they urgently need.

Tiger and Robert receive the care

they both need

Jacob gets back on the right foot

Together for Animals member

Mayhew recently stepped in to

help a pet owner in need when

Tiger, a West Highland terrier,

had nowhere else to go while

his 72-year-old owner Robert

needed to go into hospital for

vital hip replacement surgery.

Robert was worried as he had no

one to care for his beloved canine

companion, but then he found

Mayhew’s Pet Refuge programme,

through which they provide

temporary care and shelter for the

pets of people facing a crisis.

The team collected Tiger from his

home and settled him down in

one of their cosy kennels. Shortly

afterwards, they were able to

place him with one of their

dedicated foster carers, who

was carefully selected so they

would be able to give Tiger a

loving, temporary home for the

remainder of his three-month stay

at Mayhew.

Knowing that Tiger was receiving

the best possible care meant

Robert was able to undergo his

surgery and take the time to

complete his rehabilitation,

ensuring he was in the best shape

possible. Once Robert was well

enough to look after his beloved

dog, Mayhew’s Animal Welfare

Officers took Tiger home for a

very happy reunion!

This unique Pet Refuge

programme was a lifeline for

Robert, alleviating the burden

of caring for his companion

in a period of crisis. As Robert

explained: “Mayhew were an

absolute godsend in my hour of

need. I would have felt very alone

and even a little scared, without

their support. Tiger has been

with me for over seven years so

knowing he would be safe and

well looked after was one less

thing for me to worry about,

especially at my age.”

Together for Animals supporters

play a special role in helping

animals and the people and

communitities that depend on


Animals contribute so much

to our mental and physical

wellbeing - by working together

we are ensuring that they can

enjoy happier, healthier lives.

Jacob the horse means the world to his owner, Mahotometsa. Jacob pulls a cart so that Mahotometsa

can sell coal and firewood during South Africa’s winter months, and collect scrap plastic and metal

for recycling in the summer. Jacob’s hard work helps Mahotometsa support four generations of

his family.

While harnessing Jacob one morning, Mahotometsa realised that his animal was limping and struggling

to put any weight on his right front hoof. The once strong, energetic stallion was listless, refusing to

walk, and his appetite was poor. Seriously concerned for Jacob’s wellbeing, Mahotometsa arranged

transportation for Jacob to travel the 15 miles to seek urgent treatment from the vets at our member

SPANA’s centre in Randvaal, south of Johannesburg.

Jacob showed clear signs of discomfort as he was gently led into the treatment area, but he patiently

waited while the vets examined the affected hoof. The vets discovered that he had a large, infected

puncture wound in the hoof. Further inspection revealed the cause of his injury – Jacob had, at some

point, stepped on a nail that had become stuck in his hoof.

The expert vets immediately set to work to remove the nail. They first soaked Jacob’s hoof to reduce

inflammation, carefully removed the nail and then used a poultice (a medicated material applied to the

body and kept in place with a dressing) to draw out the infection. They then gently trimmed Jacob’s

hoof and sole, before fitting a special bar shoe and medical boot to help keep the area clean during the

healing process.

The vets had Jacob return to the clinic for further check-ups while he recovered and were pleased with

how well he had responded to treatment.

The relieved owner expressed his gratitude to the SPANA vet team. He said: “The moment I saw Jacob

limping, I knew he had a problem. It was scary to see how badly Jacob was injured. I couldn’t believe how

big the hole was when the nail was taken out. The vets did wonders with Jacob. Without them, I would

have had to kiss my horse goodbye.”

Thanks to your regular support, our members are able to help animals like Jacob, providing vital

treatment that is alleviating pain and preventing suffering. Thank you.

Lilibet was named both after Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s childhood family nickname, and her greatgrandchild.

Likewise, Lilibet’s kittens were also given suitably regal names: Victoria, George and Edward.

After the kittens reached two weeks old, it was time to start socialising them to make sure they grew up

to be comfortable around people. This is a crucial stage and involves getting the kittens accustomed to

all the familiar sights, sounds and smells of a family home. To help with this, Lilibet and her kittens were

placed with one of Mayhew’s dedicated foster carers, who provided them with a safe and nurturing

home environment where they could take their first steps towards finding their forever homes.

Foster carer Carolyn said: “The key role we played was in socialising the kittens, which means handling

them, playing with them, and getting them used to the sorts of stimuli that you’d typically find in the

domestic environment, like the sound of the hoover, the radio, the hairdryer and so on.”

“We tried to give Lilibet and her kittens as much variety as we could, by giving them different foods to

try, and different toys to play with and games to play, and different places to explore, since they are such

naturally curious creatures.”

Once the kittens were old enough all four cats – Lilibet, George, Edward and Victoria – were all

happily rehomed.

These kittens are just a few of the nearly 10,000 animals our members will help rehome this year.

Thank you for helping care for so many animals in need.

Pause for Pets this autumn

’Royal’ litter of kittens rescued

In February a member of the public discovered a

cat and her litter of three newborn kittens under

tarpaulin which was covering the patio furniture in

their garden. Fortunately, the homeowner called

Together for Animals member Mayhew to help the

young feline family.

Tabby mum, Lilibet, had found a dry and sheltered

place in the garden to give birth, but her kittens were

still in serious danger from the freezing cold and even

if they had survived, without support they would likely

have become feral.

Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers were able to collect

Lilibet and her little ones and take them back to the

warmth and safety of their centre in North London.

Lilibet was very friendly – and comfortable around

people – so it was clear that she was likely a domestic

stray, but sadly she didn’t have a microchip, so the

team were unable to trace any previous owners.

The Veterinary team were on hand to check both

Mum and her kittens over straight away, before they

were settled down to snuggle together in a warm,

comfortable cat cabin.

Pause for Pets encourages you to take a moment for yourself and enjoy a mindful activity - whether

that be knitting, crochet, colouring, meditation or enjoying a laughter yoga class - while helping save

the life of an animal need.

As the dark nights return this event will not only raise

urgently needed funds for abandoned, homeless and

sick animals, but we hope the activities will help give

you a boost too!

For a small donation – we kindly suggest £10 – you will

receive a downloadable PDF with the patterns and

files you need to take part in the activities at a time

that suits you and your schedule!

Included in the pack are:

• Knitting pattern - Toy Horse

• Crochet pattern - Black Cat Hat

• Access to a video Laughter Yoga class

• Adult colouring sheets

• Access to a mindful meditation audio recording

From crocheting a black cat hat to add to your

seasonal wardrobe, to laughing to ease stress, we hope

this pack and the activities include something that

everyone will enjoy and benefit from.

Your £10 donation will go to helping provide cats,

dogs, donkeys, and horses with the care they need this

winter, and beyond.

From October 1st visit our website -

www.togetherforanimals.org.uk/pause-for-pets -

to donate and receive your activity pack.

When it came to choosing names the team’s thoughts

jumped straight to honouring the Royal Family, and so

Tilila gets a second chance

From emaciated foal to healthy

young pony

Together for Animals member SPANA first learned about

Tilila from a kind supporter who noticed the injured donkey

wandering around alone in Forêt de David (David Forest),

Morocco. Their vet team immediately drove to the site and

found the nine-year-old donkey limping slowly on deformed

hind feet, desperately picking at bits of dried plants and grass

in the blazing heat.

While examining the donkey, the team discovered that not

only was Tilila severely malnourished and lame, she was also

pregnant. The vets provided her with food and water before

carefully leading her into the back of a horsebox to bring her to

the SPANA Casablanca centre for expert treatment.

As soon as she arrived at the centre, the team acted fast to save

the mother and her unborn foal. The expert vets first trimmed

her painfully overgrown and unbalanced hooves, which had

been further exacerbated by the extra weight of pregnancy.

Tilila then received some remedial farriery and physiotherapy

to correct her limbs. The team monitored Tilila’s recovery at the

stables and made sure she was putting on weight every day at

a safe pace. Within a few days, Tilila was already in a more alert,

healthier state.

While recovering at the centre, Tilila gave birth to a healthy foal

named Sabria, meaning ‘patient’. The adorable foal spends her

days exploring the stables and playing in the Casablanca centre’s

spacious garden area. The pair will continue to be well looked

after until Tilila is healthy enough to be rehomed with her foal.

Our members work across the UK and in some of the world’s

poorest countries, providing food, care and shelter to animals

in desperate need. Your continued support can help them

reach even more animals, and provide them with a better,

healthier future. Thank you.

Hercules came into the care

of our member World Horse

Welfare in July 2019 at just three

months old, together with his

mother. He arrived at their Hall

Farm Rescue and Rehoming

Centre in Norfolk in a terrible

state – emaciated, with a high

worm burden and suspected

impaction colic.

Norfolk Trading Standards

prosecuted Hercules’ owner, who

pleaded guilty when the case

came to court in May 2021.

The owner was sentenced to ten

weeks in prison suspended for

one year, banned from keeping

horses for twenty years and

ordered to pay £5,000 costs and

a £145 victim surcharge.

A Deprivation Order was made

against Hercules, who was then

signed over to World Horse

Welfare by Norfolk Trading


Despite the awful condition he

arrived in, the team were able to

nurse Hercules back to health

and he thrived in their expert

hands. By the age of two, his

rehabilitation was complete and

he was rehomed as a healthy,

confident youngster.

After having had such a terrible

start in life, Hercules has

blossomed into a happy little

soul who gets on well with

his companions and loves to

investigate new things. He is

busy growing, exploring the

Thank you!

world in his new home, and

developing into quite a little


Your donations help rescue

and rehome animals like

these. During these difficult

times your support is vital.

Thank you.

The amazing students at Oundle School and Maltmans Green

School have raised funds for us with various challenges during the

2021/22 academic year. Thank you to all those that took part and

learnt about animals in need at the same time.

If you know a company that would like to help us raise urgently

needed funds for animals in need please contact Caroline at


‘Dinosaur cat’ on the mend

Animal updates

A cat rescued from the streets with a matted coat that made him

look like a dinosaur is now enjoying a fresh start.

Brian, 14, was found wandering the streets alone with huge, matted

clumps of fur along his back resembling the scales of a stegosaurus.

The ginger tomcat had been straying for at least seven months

before being taken to a vet practice in Oxfordshire which then asked

our member Blue Cross to care for him.

He had to be clipped, groomed, and bathed under anaesthetic and

needed treatment for several other health issues.

Elisha, Animal Welfare Assistant at Burford, says: “Poor Brian was in

such a sorry state when he arrived with us.

“He was severely matted along his spine, dehydrated, and was

covered in fleas and ticks. He also needed extensive dental work and

some teeth removed.

“He takes time to build trust in people since being homeless but he’s

a very sweet-natured boy. He enjoys his food and loves to curl up in a

nice warm spot.”

Brian was also neutered to stop him from straying in the future. Once

he was well enough, he was a wonderful new home where is he now

being showered with the love he deserves.

New owner Gillian says: “Brian is settling in nicely, he is also

very spoilt. He was with us all over the house from day one and

he wanders about, but his favourite place is on the sofa in the


Animals like Brian couldn’t be helped without your kindess and

support. Thank you.

Thank you so much for your

continued support rescuing and

rehoming animals. Your support

is vital. We wanted to take this

chance to update you about

some of the animals you’ve

helped whose stories we’ve

shared previously...

Florentine and Romona

Remember the family of

pizza kittens from our Spring


The super mums were rescued

together with their seven kittens

and were so close they took

turns feeding them to give the

other a break. After their kittens

were all rehomed, the mums

were rehomed together and are

enjoying their retired life.

“Both girls have settled in

wonderfully and it feels like

we’ve had them for years. They

love their garden and are very

territorial over their space! They

sleep with me most nights and

Ro wakes me with face nudges

and kisses in the morning. Flo has

the run of the home and likes to

slope off for undisturbed naps all

over HER house. She has relaxed

so much since coming here and

they both run up to greet me

when I get home from work like

a pair of puppies! I truly hit the

jackpot with these two lovelies.”

Captain Tom

Do you remember Captain Tom?

He was born to rescued mum

Winona in the summer of 2020.

His rehomer has shared a quick

update about how this lovey boy

is doing:

“He is such a lovely inquisitive

pony and is already getting on

well with my gelding. I’ve seen

them grooming each other and

Tom was lying down when I

arrived at the yard yesterday.”

Karma’s puppies

You will probably remember

Karma and her puppies (see

main picture) from our

Spring update.

We’re delighted that the whole

family are now in loving homes.

Here’s Buddha (now named

Kevin) looking very happy on his

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