About Us

The story behind SPEAR…

As with most animal lovers, Sue Pike found that she could not stand the results of animal neglect and cruelty. She found that the only way she could cope was by becoming actively involved in helping animals in desperate need and by trying to make a difference to their lives. Sue has been involved in equine and animal welfare since 1978 and was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1992 for her services to animal welfare. In 1996, with years of experience behind her, Sue felt the time was right to set up SPEAR.

Sue Pike Equine & Animal Rescue’s centre is in Warwickshire with a network of Foster Homes in and around the Midlands. We focus on the welfare of neglected, abandoned equines and other large and farm animals. Part of SPEAR’s directive is to educate and advise the public with emphasis on the special needs of Equines. SPEAR also provides nursing care and rehabilitation for injured, neglected or suffering animals.

Once signed over to SPEAR, all animals are protected for the rest of their lives.

When possible, rehabilitated animals are placed in Foster Homes to live happy and fulfilled lives. Equines are rehomed as companions or are backed and ridden away at SPEAR under veterinary supervision to go into ridden homes. Some animals cannot be rehomed due to their need for ongoing veterinary and nursing care.

Permanent residents at SPEAR are on the Adoption Programme and play their part in raising funds to help other animals in need.

SPEAR’s policy is always to provide the animals in our protection with specialist care and comfort. Difficult decisions sadly have to be made when an animals quality of life deteriorates and no animal is allowed to suffer. When no more can be done to help, they are put to sleep humanely at home on SPEAR’s premises.

SPEAR has nursed several hundred welfare cases since being founded and has worked closely with other animal rescue organisations, assisting them by nursing many animals suffering cruelty and neglect, and will continue to help in future when needed.

The work of SPEAR would not be possible without SPEAR’s Trustees, Fundraising Committee and volunteers, many of whom Sue has worked with on a professional basis for many years.


SPEAR’s objectives are to provide support and care for infirm, unwanted or elderly animals and to educate and promote an understanding of their needs



Directors and Trustees

The people behind SPEAR

  • Professor D. C. Knottenbelt


  • Mr J. T. Waters

    Esq, BVMS, MRCVS

  • Mrs S. M. Pike


Annual Reports

For more details of our activities and achievements please read our latest Annual Report

2018-2019 SPEAR Annual Report Digital Version