Food boost for sanctuary

The Mountains Animal Sanctuary accepting a donation of a large amount of horse feed. From left, with the feed are volunteers Jayne Russell with Tonto, Laura Tilley, Jane Smith (regional sales manager, Spillers), Louise Griese, Holly Taylor and Katy Downie. (Picture by Photos on Location, Forfar).'''From Photos on Location'Forfar' 'Contact'David'07769 555951

The Mountains Animal Sanctuary accepting a donation of a large amount of horse feed. From left, with the feed are volunteers Jayne Russell with Tonto, Laura Tilley, Jane Smith (regional sales manager, Spillers), Louise Griese, Holly Taylor and Katy Downie. (Picture by Photos on Location, Forfar).'''From Photos on Location'Forfar' 'Contact'David'07769 555951

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Mountain’s Animal Sanctuary has received a donation boost thanks to The Pet Food Company.

The sanctuary received a phone call around Christmas to say that Ayr-based company planned to raise funds on their behalf.

Staff, customers and liveries all clubbed together and the money raised was spent on horse feed, which was delivered to the Milton of Glenogil premises on Monday.

The generous donation was then matched by Mars Horse Care, the company which makes Spillers Horse Feeds.

They will deliver 25 bags of Spillers High Fibre Cubes and 20 of Spillers Happy Hoof

Their Scottish Regional Manager, Jane Smith, has worked with the sanctuary previously, pointing out deals on feed which will benefit the sanctuary. To date she has helped them save £215 on Spillers feeds.

An anonymous donor has also given the sanctuary £200 of horse feed.

Leslie McFadzean, owner of The Pet Food Company, said he had read about the sanctuary’s plight and had clubbed together with the company’s livery yard to raise funds.

“I put the idea to them that we could have a collection box in the shop,” he explained.

“I said they could contribute if they wished, as they are all horsey people, and if they managed to raise £200 I would double it.

“Spillers heard what we had done and also pledged some horse feed.

“it was just a mad idea at the time, but we might keep it going. We are still fundraising at the moment.”

Jane Smith, speaking on behalf of Spillers, said the company was delighted to be able to help Mountains Animal Sanctuary.

“The Sanctuary does a wonderful job looking after 100+ horses, ponies and donkeys, many of whom have severe health problems because of age and other factors,” she said.

“This of course has a knock-on effect in that many of them need special feeding to keep them healthy and this can be very expensive.

“In this present economic climate when individuals do not have spare money to spend on charities and at the same time the sanctuary is being asked to care for horses that families can no longer afford to keep, Spillers are delighted to be able to help in this way.”

Senior Groom Dave Udale said the donation was a “tremendous boost” for the sanctuary.

“It’s a fantastic donation,” he said. “It’s come just at the right time of year as this is the busiest time for feeding.

“At the moment the animals can’t get to the grass and some of them need a bit more than hay.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the donations. It’s great because it means the horses are being fed but we are saving money because we don’t have to buy feed and we are extremely grateful to all concerned.”

Mountain’s Animal Sanctuary has struggled for funds since their founder, and main source of funding, died last year.

Anyone who wants to donate to the sanctuary can contact them on 01356 650258.

For more information on The Pet Food Company, visit www.thepetfoodco.co.uk