Welcome to the
H.A.C.K. Horse Sanctuary
Rescue, Rehabilitation and Education
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Full Welfare members of the National Equine Welfare Council
Happy Birthday H.A.C.K.
17th March 2013
21 years of dedication to the welfare of the horse and other animals.
The H.A.C.K. Horse Sanctuary is a rescue, rehabillitation and education centre situated in Wrexham, North East Wales and was founded on March 17th 1992 by Pamela Bluck and is run entirely by experienced and knowledgable long term volunteers who are dedicated to the welfare of the horse in all major areas.
The Sanctuary plays a large part in the community and runs several types of educational programmes involving basic knowledge for potential horse owners, The Saturday afternoon kids club and school holiday club, special needs children and disabled persons of all ages.
Young volunteers aged 12 -19 also play a part in fund-raising, organising and running differnt functions, taking on responsibilities from advertising to communication and working out the pitfalls and the success that builds confidence and different skills in many areas
Amber, Sophie and Lisa (all 15 years old) accepting a cheque on behalf of H.A.C.K. from AVOW for Youth Service Strategy-Youth Education (Welsh Assembly Government and Wrexham County Borough Council) and 6 year old Leon enjoying a kids holiday club education afternoon with Lenny the pony. Whilst 10 year old Carla helps out on a fund-raising day, "Guess the dolly's name."
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This web site has been set up to highlight and explain the work that we do within the community and the young people that we help.
The Volunteers are constantly fund-raising to raise the very necessary funds that running a horse sanctuary requires . We are tremendously successful, on a shoestring budget, although it is hard and frustrating and we could do so much more if given the added financial support, but we have alwyas been keen to fulfill our commitments to this free education and are looking for the regular funding for such.
Our educational program provides both hands on practical experience under strictly controlled guidance of experienced staff and a “fun-based” classroom experience. This combination serves to ensure that children become more aware of the value of educational aspiration and we offer opportunities to young people that are educative, expressive, empowering and participative and that also gives them an understanding to mankind’s responsibility towards the animal kingdom and value in their own lives.
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Professor Derek Knottenbelt OBE BVM&S DVM&S DipECEIM MRCVS
Professor of Equine Medicine and long term friend, advisor and supporter of the H.A.C.K. Horse Sanctuary
“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't”. ~Pete Seeger
"The welfare of our animals is fundamental to our civilisation and children grow up as better people if they understand what welfare is and why it is important. A person who has empathy with animals is closer to nature and to God and will have a better attitude to his / her fellow man. This centre is dedicated to the welfare of animals and to the encouragement of empathy and understanding of the needs of the animals who depend upon us and who trust us implicitly. A horse serves willingly and honestly, he gives his best and deserves to be respected. An understanding of animal welfare cannot be gained from books and magazines – it requires exposure to the animals themselves and in that way the human spirit is uplifted. The bond between a person and a horse is one of the most basic sentiments of mankind."
Derek‘s expertise in equine internal medicine is recognized both nationally and internationally, particularly in equine oncology and dermatology. He is a Diplomat of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine and holds a personal Chair in Equine Medicine at the University of Liverpool. He has published widely in journals and textbooks and is frequently invited to speak at national and international meetings. He received the Animal Health Trust Scientific Award in 2003, the BEVA (Blue Cross) Welfare Award in 2004 and the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2005 for his services to Equine Medicine. He is actively involved in many domestic and international charities relating to equine welfare and works tirelessly to support these causes.