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Hopefield Animal Sanctuary: Losing Faith, a rescued horse and an appeal for volunteers

PUBLISHED: 13:00 09 May 2019

Faith the pig. Picture: Ricci Fothergill

Faith the pig. Picture: Ricci Fothergill

Ricci Fothergill

The charity's Sophie Kemp speaks of the death of one of their pigs, a horse's journey of recovery and the need for more volunteers.

Lolly before she was rescued by the charity. Picture: Hopefield Animal SanctuaryLolly before she was rescued by the charity. Picture: Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

This week, we've suffered a huge loss down at the sanctuary.

Faith, one of our pigs, was sadly put to sleep last Wednesday.

Unfortunately, it's common with pigs that are raised for meat, to suffer problems with their back and back legs.

We were able to manage her condition for the last couple of years, but recently she had been suffering more.

Lolly after she was rescued by the charity. Picture: Hopefield Animal SanctuaryLolly after she was rescued by the charity. Picture: Hopefield Animal Sanctuary

Faith was a huge character at the sanctuary and a favourite among many.

She came to Hopefield at just six-weeks-old when we rescued her from the meat market.

She loved rolling about it mud, playing with her football, and people - especially when they had food!

She will be greatly missed by everyone.

On a more positive note, we thought it would be nice to share a positive rescue story from the sanctuary.

In 2014, we received a call from another rescue centre who were in a desperate situation.

They had just rescued a large group of horses, and had no space left to keep Lolly, so she came to Hopefield.

She was dangerously thin, her coat was matted, she was smothered in lice and full of worms.

She was also, understandably, very nervous and scared of people, so before we could get her treated we had to gain her trust.

Here at Hopefield we gave her lots of TLC and she learnt that she could trust us and we were able to give her the treatment that she so badly needed.

Lolly soon gained weight and became friendlier day by day.

Looking at her today, you would not believe that she had such a horrific start to life as she's so happy, and loves human company.

We're always on the lookout for more volunteers.

If you're interested in helping care for our 500+ residents, then please email us at office@hopefield.org.uk.

Please note we can only accept volunteers aged 16+.

Join us again next Wednesday to find out what's been going on!

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