Harry Potter is one of the many horses and donkeys that now live happily at Redwings Horse Sanctuary.
Redwings is the largest horse sanctuary in the UK, currently providing permanent sanctuary to over 12oo horses, ponies, donkeys and mules across their five locations.
To help raise funds and awareness, and to provide infomation and training, four of their centres are open to the public. The Ada Cole Rescue Centre in Essex makes a pleasant day trip out of London.
I popped over there with my daughter just a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately for us, the cute and cheeky Harry Potter, probably their most famous resident, was away on holiday at one of their other centres, but plenty of other happy animals were there to greet us.
Entrance is free, though all donations are welcomed. For a fun way of donating, you can adopt one of the animals. My daughter used to sponsor Harry Potter, but on this visit we chose 2 new adoptees; she is now sponsoring Misfit, and I adopted Del Boy.
If you can’t visit, but want to get involved you can adopt online.
If you want to visit, the locations are:
Ada Cole Rescue Centre, Broadley Common, near Nazeing, Essex, EN9 2DH
Caldecott Visitor Centre, Caldecott Hall, near Great Yarmouth, NR31 9EY
Aylsham Visitor Centre, Spa Lane, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6UE.
Oxhill Visitor Centre, just outside Stratford upon Avon in Warwickshire CV35 0RP.
Hapton Headquarters, Hapton, Norfolk (normally open only 2 weekends per year)