Colyton animal refuge needs your help

PUBLISHED: 14:59 25 March 2015 | UPDATED: 15:04 25 March 2015

Kim Skinner,Paul and Tammy Marx,Adele Morris-Khan and Dawn Reid of Munchkins minature shetland rescue with ponies Pebbles,Deedee,Patchwork and Kaiser and Tess the dogs. Ref mha 4124-12-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Kim Skinner,Paul and Tammy Marx,Adele Morris-Khan and Dawn Reid of Munchkins minature shetland rescue with ponies Pebbles,Deedee,Patchwork and Kaiser and Tess the dogs. Ref mha 4124-12-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

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Charity urgently needs funds to continue its work providing shelter for homeless Miniature Shetland Ponies

Nutmeg is in foal. Ref mha 4131-12-15TI. Picture: Terry IfeNutmeg is in foal. Ref mha 4131-12-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

An animal refuge near Colyton has issued an urgent appeal for funds to continue its work for homeless miniature Shetlands.

Munchkins was set up in June to provide care and attention for the ponies, which are desperately in need of a safe and loving place to stay.

There are currently 19 residents – two of them in foal – many having arrived as acute cases of neglect, abuse or abandonment. Founder Tammy Marx said others needed re-homing through the death or illness of an elderly owner.

“Some of the ponies will be available for re-homing as and when they become ready, on a long term loan basis,” she said. “Many are not suitable for re-homing, as they have medical conditions that need managing, are very old or have emotional issues.

“In February, Munchkins achieved charity status. This is enormously important as it recognises the value of our work and will, we hope, help us to raise awareness within the community. We do need urgently to raise funds – individuals can sponsor a pony for a small monthly donation and we are actively looking for sponsorship from local companies.”

Visit www.mini-munchkins.org

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