Redwings has announced its latest Adoption Star, a handsome black Shire cross named fox.
Fox, who lives at the charity’s Caldecott Visitor Centre near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, stands at an impressive 17.1 hands high (that’s about 174cm just to his shoulder).
He arrived at Redwings in 2010 as part of a large group of horses when he was just a few months old. Their owner had sadly passed away and no one was able to look after them.
Fox was selected for the scheme over the summer following the heart-breaking loss of the charity’s beautiful Shire horse Adoption Star Poppy, due to sudden and severe colic.
Redwings’ popular Adoption Scheme, which has been running for over 30 years, allows supporters to sponsor one of its 24 Adoption Star horses or donkeys for just £12.50 per year, which goes towards their care and that of their fellow rescued friends.
Sponsors are kept up-to-date with letters or online diary entries, and they can visit their four-legged friend for free at the Redwings visitor centre where they live. They’re even invited to their Adoption Star’s annual birthday party!
While some of his friends were able to find new homes through Redwings’ rehoming scheme, unfortunately Fox has a condition that means he experiences stiffness in his legs from time-to-time and so he needs to stay at the sanctuary where the vet team can keep an eye on him.
This certainly doesn’t stop him enjoying a game of chase with his best friend Bungle or running to the fence whenever the offer of a scratch arises!
Lynn Cutress, Redwings’ Chief Executive, said: “We’re delighted to introduce Fox as our new Adoption Star and we hope our supporters will love him as much as we do!
"He’s a real gentle giant who’s always first to the fence to greet visitors making him the perfect ambassador for Redwings and the Adoption Scheme.
“By supporting him, his sponsors will also be helping the hundreds of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in our care nationwide making him our very own fantastic Mr Fox!”
To meet Fox, visit Redwings Caldecott (Beccles Road, Fritton, NR31 9EY) open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10am to 4pm, and entry is free.
For more information about adopting Fox, call 01508 481000 or visit www.redwings.org.uk/adopting