Meet the abandoned rescue pony turned star of our Christmas video
Poor 'Tink' was found stomach deep in mud in March but is now a superstar.
Shetland pony Tink was found all alone and up to her tummy in a muddy, wet field. Now, she's thriving in the care of our hard-working animal centre.
Tink's story of triumph over adversity has seen her chosen as the star of our 2019 Christmas video for our festive appeal Stock the Sleigh.
The video sees Tink starring as the little pony who dreams of being a reindeer at Christmas, slipping out of her stable to deliver gifts of care and love to her fellow rescue creatures.
Tink, originally from Dorset, had been ignored, kept alone and away from other ponies
When our Inspector, Jo Story, was called to visit the pony, she found her stuck in a pool of deep mud, underweight and desperately hungry.
Sadly, no one would take responsibility for Tink, so it was assumed she had been abandoned by her owner. Jo said:
She was stomach deep in mud in places and it was impossible to walk through the sticky, wet conditions.
It was most noticeable along the fence-line which divided her paddock from the main field, suggesting she had been pacing up and down the boundary line.
There was no grass or additional food - all feeders were empty - and the field was covered in standing water. Tink had no straw or bedding and not even a comfortable resting area.
Knowing her background, it's so lovely to see her now really thriving, her personality has come out and she is very dear to all our hearts.
It really makes the job worthwhile when you can see an animal really get a second chance at living life, and it's even better that she will be helping other needy animals as the star of our Christmas video.
The video was made entirely in-house
Patricia Spargo is the manager at our Lockwood centre, in Godalming where Tink is being cared for, she said:
Tink has such a strong personality, she constantly makes us all laugh as she¿s so expressive - you can just see what she's thinking all over her face.
She¿s a typical Shetland in that she loves her food but gains weight very easily, so we¿ve had to be quite strict with her.
It¿s so great that we've been able to shine a light on the important work of our Inspectors and carers at the centre who have worked tirelessly to get Tink back to a place of health and happiness.
The video was made in-house our hard-working broadcast team and stars staff and friends who gave up their own time for filming. The heart-warming film features a cover of Starship's 'Nothing's gonna stop us now' sung by our very own press officer, Lucy Ellie.
Our broadcast manager, Alan Laxton, said:
I am so proud of all the hard work that has gone into making this video.
Hopefully it will inspire people to think of animals in need over the festive period and to feel that our gifts of kindness can really go a long way to changing their lives.
Tink truly was a superstar on the day and hopefully her starring role in the video will lead to her finding a new home in time for Christmas.
Stock the Sleigh
We're expecting more than 10,000 vulnerable animals, like Tink, to be taken in by our busy centres over the winter months - in desperate need of medicines, food, warmth and loving care.
Our inspectors, animal welfare officers, and animal centre staff work 365 days a year to care for animals and Christmas is no exception.
On Christmas day in 2018, we received 934 calls to our cruelty line - the highest number for five years and a 28 percent increase compared with 2017.
Our Christmas campaign, Stock the Sleigh, will help us deliver vital, life-saving supplies to suffering animals who desperately need us. To help the thousands of animals left out in the cold this Christmas gift the gift of kindness but stocking our interactive sleigh today.