Life looking up at last for Mojo as he's found a stable home
Mojo has not had an easy time of late - but now things are finally looking up for him.
The handsome 20-year-old pony has been offered a second chance of life after the volunteers at Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary came to his rescue.
He was handed over just before Christmas suffering from an excruciatingly painful eye condition. "His owner didn't want him any longer and he was abandoned at his livery yard," explained centre manager Lyn Friel.
"We were approached to see if we would take him on. As you can see, his right eye was badly damaged. He was suffering from a nasty condition called uveitis.
"It was obviously causing him a lot of pain. He had his head down and was constantly blinking, as you can imagine you would as it would have felt like there was something in it.
"He needed surgery to have his eye removed and had to stay with the vet for two weeks, but it turns out it was the greatest gift we could have given him.
"He is no longer in pain, he is much happier and is looking forward to his new life in his new home."
Ms Friel said Mojo was one of the almost 100 horses and ponies at the Co Antrim sanctuary. "He is such a lovely pony," she added. "In fact, if all the horses and ponies we had were like him we would have no problem rehoming them. We're delighted he will be going to a good home where he will be loved, cared for and wanted and he will be able to spend the rest of his life taking it easy."
Animal shelters around Northern Ireland are currently bracing themselves for an influx of unwanted dogs, cats and other pets now Christmas is over.
Kelly Davidson from Benvardin Animal Rescue Centre in Co Antrim told this newspaper: "We tend to get a lot of dogs before Christmas, as people prepare to get new pups, then around the start of February we get a lot of unwanted older pups.
"We also get the puppies that the breeders were unable to sell over Christmas. It's the same thing every year and it's very upsetting."
The staff at Benvardin are currently on the lookout for a home for pup Barney, who is only four months old and was one of the casualties of Christmas to end up at the shelter.
Ms Davidson said: "Barney was brought over by a woman who found him in Coleraine over Christmas. She brought him in on Boxing Day. He is microchipped so we were able to trace the owners, but when we contacted them they didn't want him any more.
"He is a typical wee springer spaniel, full of boundless energy, so he is best suited to an active family, maybe with children, who will be able to spend plenty of time with him."
- To donate to Crosskennan, log on to www.crosskennanlane.org.uk or give £1 per month by texting HELPCLAS to 70660. To donate to Benvardin, or find out more about animals looking for new homes, contact www.benvardinkennels.com.