Since its launch just a week ago the Dayzee Appeal has been given a real boost after receiving over £3000 in donations, supplies and services in kind.
The Dayzee Appeal is a fundraising campaign organised by Mountains Animal Sanctuary - Scotland’s largest equine refuge - to safeguard the long-term care of its 140 horses, ponies and donkeys.
Campaign mascot Dayzee, an orphaned Fallabella, celebrated her first birthday with the children from Tannadice Primary School and Tay FM’s Stuart Webster.
The birthday girl received a number of wonderful birthday presents including horse feed and monetary donations although this is only a fraction of the money needed to ensure the long-term future of Mountains.
Each week the sanctuary receives five calls from owners who can no longer keep their horses. With significant running costs Mountains has had to close its doors to non-welfare cases until more funds can be raised.
Pam Taylor, manager of Mountains, said: “The Dayzee appeal has had such a promising start and we are delighted by the support we’ve had. However, it takes a lot of money to continue to care and look after the 140 horses, ponies and donkeys so we can’t rest on our laurels.
“We are continuing to drive the fundrasing campaign to ensure the long-term future and help re-habilitate those horses who come to us with illness and ailments.
“Presents for Dayzee have come in all shapes and sizes and we can’t thank people enough for their generosity. It will help us to continue the good work of the sanctuary and provide a haven for those horses most in need.
“There is a real buzz of excitement here as the campaign enters its second week. We’re thrilled with the donations received and also the numerous enquiries we’ve had from individuals looking to re-home some of our horses.”
Davidson Veterinary Supplies presented Mountains with over a tonne of horse feed and donations of over £1330 were gratefully received of which £145 came from the adoption of Sasha, Rusty, Hendry and Friday.
Scottish and Northern Equestrian Magazine donated an online web-banner worth £600 to direct people to the online donations page which services in kind from local photographer David Russell and PR company Indigo were donated to ensure Dayzee had a day to remember as the sanctuary launched the appeal.
Visitor numbers to the sanctuary increased by 50% at the weekend and the team was inundated with visits between 2pm and 4.30pm as locals flocked to meet the horses, ponies and donkeys.
Four calls from horse lovers across Scotland were also received offering a caring home for a number of the horses to add to a bumper-packed week.
Jill Wilson of Davidsons Veterinary Supplies said: “We’re delighted to support the Mountains Animal Sanctuary and the tremendous work it does looking after the hundreds of horses, ponies and donkeys. Our donation of horse feed is the first of many ways we hope to support Mountains Animal Sanctuary going forward. It is such a worthy cause.”
Every donation received would make such a difference to the Mountains Animal Sanctuary which also offers a small visitor centre and tours of the facility.
To donate to the Dayzee appeal visit www.mountainsanimalsanctuary.org.uk, call 01356 650258, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or search for them on facebook.