Not long ago, we had a phone call from one of our supporters at The Donkey Sanctuary headquarters in the UK, telling us about the bad conditions some donkeys were facing at a ranch in Catalonia.
The place is called Rancho Mestres and we are pressing legal charges against them. Five donkeys were kept there without the care or proper facilities these animals need. Their hooves were in a terrible state (in fact one of the donkeys has needed prosthesis to be able to walk properly) and they were left without food for days. There is an animal that is actually in real danger still.
It is our firm wish to keep you up to date with the cases we deal with at El Refugio del Burrito. We’d like to let you have an update on the Alicante rescue case, the largest we have faced since we started our work in Spain. It was in Callosa de Segura, in the Alicante province, where we discovered that a dealer had about 49 horses in deplorable conditions. Tied 24 hours a day, locked and with limited access to food and water; literally starving. We were able to rescue 9 donkeys we found there.
Our sister charity, The Donkey Sanctuary (Cyprus), were recently contacted by a young couple, who were in Cyprus on holiday, if they would like them to make a short video about the charity. Cyprus told us “ James and Katia Bebbington are both international freestyle kayak competitors and we were curious to find out what their interest in donkeys was. Apparently, although they have some sponsorship for their sport, they needed to have some income and so James had started by videoing his sport which then developed into producing videos.
Apache’s arrival has been the one of the most expected ones ever here at El Refugio del Burrito. He was the one donkey we had to leave behind during the course of our biggest rescue case in Alicante a few months ago; because he was so weak and his hooves were in such dreadful condition he was unable to travel. He stayed at a holding base in Murcia not far from Alicante, where he has been recovering prior to travelling to his brand new home at El Refugio del Burrito’s headquarters. We are happy to announce he has already joined our big happy family in Fuente de Piedra.
El Refugio del Burrito has reached 10 years of continuous support, refuge, love and care for donkeys and mules in the whole of Spain!!!
This is an event we want to share with as many of you as possible, and it will take place at our headquarters in Fuente de Piedra, in the province of Málaga.
The exact location can be found on this link for the event:
El Refugio del Burrito has now rescued 9 neglected and mistreated donkeys that were enduring an unsustainable situation in the province of Alicante. 5 of those are already enjoying their new home at our headquarters in Fuente de Piedra, Málaga.
Right after receiving a video recorded by a Dutch horse rescue association, El Refugio del Burrito was set in motion to help donkeys that were in the same facilities. Fortunately, five of those donkeys are now safe at our sanctuary, a true paradise after the hell they’ve been living.
Late last night 16 donkeys and 5 mules arrived at The Donkey Sanctuary’s main Italian rescue centre at Sala Biellese, near Turin. The donkeys were recently rescued from appalling conditions by the charity, from an Italian equine trader in Colleferro, Italy.
Staff were shocked when they found 104 animals without food or shelter. Many rescued donkeys were significantly underweight, with severely overgrown hooves. For some animals it was too late.
It was but a few days ago we went to a neighbouring village called Villanueva de Algaidas. to rescue a mule whose owner was very ill and could no longer take care of her.
The mule's name was Pequeña (little one in Spanish), even when she is a large, respectable lady of 32.
When we arrived where she was, we found a little stray dog beside her; he was undernourished and had no collar or any other identification.
Unfortunately, we keep hearing expressions like credit crunch, financial crisis and so on, reading about their terrible consequences, and we are very well aware of how hard times are for all kinds of families, animal or human. The following case, sadly, is no exception. This crisis is an unavoidable reality, at least for the time being. Stories such as Portugués’ and his owner are an evidence.
Portugués had a harsh, unrewarding life, like that of so many other unfortunate donkeys. He barely survived with his old owner, a man who claimed he cared for him, but had very little to show for it. He had used Portugués until he was no longer fit for work and lately, he merely made him spend his days tied up, with little food, a set of deformed hooves caused by negligence and his body covered in scabs as a result of allergic reactions to insect bites. Then, a young woman noticed his plight and decided to come to the rescue.
Our latest rescue has nothing nice or tender about it. It is simply one of those stories we would choose not to tell, one of those stories no words can make softer, because they emanate sheer pain.
Nolvi was a very unlucky donkey, a forgotten princess. She belonged to some gypsies who worked in the meat trade business. We do not know much about her life with them, but taking a look at her, one can tell it was not an easy life.