About Sussex Horse Rescue Trust

We are a charity dedicated to rescuing horses, donkeys and ponies that have been neglected, abused or are unwanted. Our aim is to provide a safe, comfortable environment for the animals in our care at our 100-acre farm, near Uckfield in Sussex.

The Sussex Horse Rescue Trust was founded in 1964 by Mrs Felicity Facer, with our current Chairperson, Pauline Grant, in Bolney, rural Mid-Sussex. Pauline has dedicated over 50 years to caring for the animals, and is so passionate about providing them sanctuary, that she even sold her house to pay for a new sanctuary when they outgrew their first home! The Trust moved to its current premises in 1994, which has the acreage and outbuildings to accommodate the ever-growing equine family.

Our aims are simply:

  • To prevent cruelty and relieve suffering of horses, ponies and donkeys
  • To provide management and maintenance of facilities for the care of rescued animals
  • To rehabilitate as many animals as possible, and find them dedicated, loving loan homes
  • To extend our work, including education and advice

As an animal welfare charity, we rely on donations and fundraising efforts in order to maintain the sanctuary and cover costs such as feed, bedding, farrier, dentist, staff, building maintenance and utilities. Visit our fundraising page to find out how you can help.

How we rescue animals

Receiving animals into sanctuary is usually a result of a phone call from a concerned member of the public. Once we are aware of a possible welfare situation, we will go and check on the animal. If it is found to be in need of help then we will contact the relevant authorities and endeavour to remove it from the situation as soon as we possibly can.

No animal once rescued is ever sold. Where possible we rehabilitate the animals and, when fully recovered, we “loan” them out to homes that can provide the right environment. All homes are subject to an inspection and subsequently checked regularly. If you wish to apply to loan one of our equines, please visit our loan page.

If you are concerned about the welfare of a horse, pony or donkey, please check our WELFARE page with more information before calling us on 07771 269700.
Please leave a message with as much information as possible including:

  • Your name and number
  • Nature of your concern
  • Location of concern (address and directions)
  • Details of animal(s) involved, and description for identification purposes

For loose horses on the road, dial 101 to inform the police giving its location.

Make a difference
Pledge a gift of £5 a month to help us provide rehabilitation, care and protection to
horses, ponies and donkeys in need

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