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The team at the Tom Ro Haven, an NPO dedicated to rescuing abused horses, faced another break-in but thankfully, they had a speedy armed response team to stop robbers in their tracks!


Noordhoek, South Africa (29 May 2024) – After facing a terrifying break-in last year that saw over R60,000 worth of essential equipment stolen, the Tom Ro Haven team were determined to never feel that way again. Having an armed response team protecting the organisation’s property was a priority, and it has paid off! The team were able to stop a robber from getting away with the things they needed most to treat abused horses and provide equine-assisted healing programmes.

Established in 2012, Tom Ro Haven is a registered NPO that rescues abused and neglected horses and ponies and rehabilitates them at their premises in Noordhoek, Cape Town.

The Haven’s horses and ponies are then used in equine-assisted healing programmes, focusing on children and young adults deemed to be at risk or who have suffered from physical or emotional trauma. By using horses to heal and awaken empathy, compassion, and respect, the Haven aims to not only change the lives of horses but also positively impact the local community.

Nobody likes crime, an aspect of life in South Africa plagued by poverty and inequality. This makes having an armed response team an essential support tool when protecting one’s property. For the centre’s chairperson, Gillian McCulloch, this plays a vital role in making sure staff feel safe.

“After the robbery we had last year, our staff felt unsafe when they were on the property, and there were also fears about the safety of our herds. My team try to do great work for the animals and for the people we engage with, and we want to be able to keep our focus on them. It’s not nice to have to worry about crime as well.”

Being on high alert, they called their armed response team at Fidelity ADT and the suspect was arrested in Noordhoek, after he was caught trespassing at the Tom Ro Haven on Sivermine Road.

The speed at which the suspect was apprehended left everyone feeling grateful and it will hopefully deter any more robbers from targeting the charity. Gillian McCulloch shared thanks for the speedy response.

“Thank you to the armed response officer who quickly responded to our call. I hope everyone in Noordhoek will keep their eyes and ears open for suspicious activity and that they will raise the alarm immediately. We live in a beautiful part of the city but need everyone to do their part so we can keep crime and criminals out of our community,”

If you want more information about the work that Tom Ro Haven does or how to support them, visit https://www.tomrohaven.co.za/

Sources: Supplied
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