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Appeal to raise funds for working animals in Haiti
Working horses, donkeys and mules are an essential method of transportation for rural communities in Haiti.

UK government will match every donation 

An ambitious match-funded appeal is hoping to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to improve the welfare of working animals in rural Haiti.

Equine charity World Horse Welfare launched the appeal to raise more than £150,000, which will be doubled by the UK government. Funds raised will help to provide training for communities, allowing them to improve welfare whilst strengthening their livelihoods.

Working horses, donkeys and mules are an essential method of transportation for rural communities in Haiti, carrying produce to be sold at markets, ferrying water for livestock and taking children to school.

The charity’s Haitian partner, the Fondation Quatre Pattes will work in 10 towns around Port-Au-Prince, sharing knowledge with horse owning communities and providing training in saddlery, horse care and veterinary treatment. The project will not only support owners in improving their animals’ health, but will also help them to generate income opportunities.

World Horse Welfare chief executive Roly Owers said: “Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world that is still trying to recover from the devastating earthquake in 2010.

"Despite this there is great appetite within communities in rural Haiti to access new skills and knowledge – and empowering local people through training in horse care, saddlery and veterinary treatment not only improves the welfare of their working animals but boosts their independence too.

The government will match every donation received until 17 September. Donations can be made via World Horse Welfare’s website.

Image © World Horse Welfare

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Petplan Veterinary Awards 2020 open for nominations

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 Nominations are open for the 2020 Petplan Veterinary Awards, a prestigious event that pays recognition to some of the UKs most notable veterinary professionals.

We have been recognising the brilliant work of the UKs veterinary professionals through the Petplan Veterinary Awards for 21 years now and every year the standard of entries just gets higher, said James Barnes, head of sales and partnerships at Petplan.

To nominate a colleague for the awards visit petplanvet.co.uk/vetawards, before nominations close on 16th January 2020. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 2 April 2020 in Birmingham. 

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