A PONY rescue and rehoming charity is asking for volunteers to join them to help keep it running.

Volunteers at the Welsh Pony Rescue and Rehoming Charitable Trust, in Caerphilly, say they are in desperate need of help the charity to carry on.

The charity was first founded by Ann Keating and rescues ponies which are in bad conditions and need rescuing or are unwanted. Ms Keating along with volunteers then look after the ponies or foals before they are ready for rehoming.

At the moment the trust has around 10 volunteers who regularly help out and it also relies on public funding to pay for food and medication for the ponies.

The trust are based in Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil and Manmoel and volunteers are currently caring for around 50 horses between those sites.

And recently, Caerphilly volunteers had to go to a location in Ogmore to pick up 11 foals after they received a call saying that if they were not rescued they would be shot.

Tracy Williams, a regular volunteer at the Welsh Pony Rescue and Rehoming Charitable Trust said that these calls are becoming more regular and the more ponies and foals they take in puts strain on the charity.

She said: “We do run on public funding but we need volunteers to help us out in person more so than the money.

“People don’t seem to realise that we are on the door step of Caerphilly. We are currently helped by a group called HungryHerds who help feed horses on Gelligaer Common and without them I don’t even know if we would still be running.”

Miss Williams regularly helps out at the trust but said a lot of volunteers are under the strain due to their full time jobs.

“I am a school teacher and we go back at the end of August so I won’t be able to be here as often,” the 50-year-old said.

“I come up here in the mornings before work when I am working. Then I come here every night after work and feed the ponies and medicate them. It’s very tiring.”

Mrs Williams said that if 50 people offered their help to the trust they would only need to give up an hour of their time once a fortnight.

She said: “We don’t mind who helps out, you don’t need to know much about horses but you just need to want to genuinely help."

For more information on the Welsh Pony Rescue and Rehoming Charitable Trust visit welshponyrescue.org.uk or facebook.com/groups/welshrehomingproject