An Angus animal sanctuary which cares for horses, ponies and donkeys has merged with a UK horse rescue charity.
Mountain Animal Sanctuary, based near Forfar, had their merger with Redwings Horse Sanctuary finalised on January 27.
The Angus centre will continue to operate as an active rescue and rehoming centre as well as being open to visitors from late summer.
Mountains Animal Sanctuary is currently home to 85 rescued horses, ponies and donkeys on 220 acres of paddocks and woodland, with 53 out on loan. Residents include donkeys Minnie and Mouse, tiny falabella Dayzee, two sheep called Toffee and Treacle and orphaned foal Gibson Fraser, who was rescued in July after his mum sadly passed away. He was named in honour of the late Mountains founder Alan Fraser, a former racing driver who developed the Fraser Imp competition car. Mr Fraser went on to be a chairman for the RSPCA in Gibraltar before establishing his own animal rescue centre in the form of Mountains.
Redwings is the largest horse sanctuary in the UK, and is now responsible for over 2000 rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules at 10 sites across England and Scotland. Its work includes rescues and round-ups, in particular the rescue of larger groups of semi feral and vulnerable horses, dedicated care for its residents at its sanctuary sites, rehoming those horses capable of a working life as well as carrying out key education work on a variety of issues with the aim to improve the lives of all horses across the UK.
Redwings Chief Executive Lynn Cutress said: “I am so thrilled that the merger with Mountains is complete. This really is a meeting of minds for two dedicated horse welfare charities and it ensures a secure future for Mountains as well as allowing Redwings to expand our work across the border into Scotland. Both charities celebrated their 30th anniversaries last year and so it’s a very appropriate and exciting time to begin this wonderful new chapter in our history.”