Merger will help to secure local animal charity’s future

There will be a chance to see all the santuary's animals.
There will be a chance to see all the santuary's animals.

Mountains Animal Sanctuary is facing a more secure future due to a merger with the country’s biggest haven for horses.

The charity, based in Glenogil, will this month merge with Redwings Horse Sanctuary and its trustees have been working with those of Redwings and its chief executive to ensure that its horses, donkeys and staff can join the organisation.

Following the merger, which should be complete within the next week, the charity will take the new name Redwings Mountains

An announcement on the charity’s Facebook page said: “This is exciting news for us which fully complements both organisations and we welcome their team here very soon.

“This wouldn’t be possible without the perseverance and tenacity of their chief executive, Lynn Cutress, along with her colleagues and trustees, so our sincere thanks and gratitude for this.”

Mountains was founded more than 30 years ago by the late Alan Fraser and is currently home to 98 rescued horses, ponies and donkeys on 220 acres.

Redwings presently cares for 1300 horses at nine sites across England although it conducts rescues right across the United Kingdom.

Mrs Cutress said: “As with any merger, the devil is in the detail and we would like to thank their staff and ours who have all been so supportive throughout and are excited about what the future holds. The timing is right for Redwings in our 30th year to expand our horizons over the border and we look forward to meeting the local community and of course being in a position to help even more horses in desperate need.””

Ian Hunter, chairman of Mountains’ trustees, added that he and his fellow trustees are delighted with the merger.

He continued: ““We are confident that the work of our founder can be continued with the support of this highly respected equine charity.