Celebrate World Animal Day at Essex Horse Charity

Remus Horse Sanctuary will be opening its gates for only the second time this year on Sunday 4 October to celebrate World Animal Day, coordinated by the Naturewatch Foundation. Visitors, members and supporters are invited to come and meet the 200+ animals and learn about the Sanctuary’s horse welfare programme and the issues that the charity has faced over the past 7 months.

Remus Horse Sanctuary is proud to support this global movement to raise the status of animals by using this special day to raise awareness for horse welfare in this country.

The Sanctuary will be open from 1pm to 5pm and pre-booking is essential as Remus will only be selling a limited number of tickets for this event to ensure visitors’ safety and maintain social distancing.

Parking is available on-site, with disabled access, and dogs are welcome on a lead. Refreshments will be available, including afternoon tea by advance booking.

Admission will be charged at £5 per adult and £2 for children and tickets can be purchased online at:  www.remussanctuary.org/events/open-day-sanctuary-october/ or via telephone on 01277 356191.

Sue Burton, founder of the Sanctuary said,We have undertaken numerous risk assessments and are confident that we can open safely in October.

“We want both our visitors and team to feel safe, and be safe, and will be operating a one way system on site with plenty of hand sanitizing stations. The event will be a totally outdoor environment with all buildings closed off and out of use.”

World Animal Day has become a global celebration for all animals and the people who love and respect them. It’s known on every continent and celebrated in different ways in many countries, with no regard to nationality, religion or political ideology.

The Sanctuary provides rehabilitation and care for around 200 animals, including horses, ponies, donkeys, goats, sheep and cats, and has been doing so since it was founded in 1983.

This Open Day will be a vital source of fundraising for the charity which, like many, had all of its physical fundraising curtailed on 23 March at the start of lockdown.

Ms Burton says,We are asking people to purchase a ticket online wherever possible to avoid unnecessary administration in our office – which is already under strain. And we are all looking forward to welcoming visitors to this really special place on a day of international celebration.”

For further information, visit www.remussanctuary.org or contact Sue Burton on tel: 01277 356191.

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