High Alert at Horse Rescue Centre!
Ok folks so we were all totally flooded out by the recent gota fría but most of us could tuck ourselves up in our cosy homes with our lovely cats and dogs all snuggled up on the sofa beside us but not at Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre!
It started to pour down on Friday evening and never stopped until Sunday morning but as if that wasn’t bad enough didn’t it came back with a vengeance again on Sunday afternoon and the rain just continued incessantly.
You’ll see from the photos the effects of the weather on the Centre. Throughout this period, the Co-founders Rod and Sue Weeding had two workers and one volunteer turn up during the hours of 9 to 5 and throughout this time and on into the night and early hours of the morning Sue and Rod never stopped.
Now you might be saying to yourself why do they do it? Well the answer is because they just do. There is such a need and demand for this type of sanctuary, which receives no funding, but of course it comes at a cost. They are working fervently with local and state authorities to try and obtain regular and ongoing funding. The bottom line is, there is nowhere else for these neglected, abused and abandoned horses, ponies and donkeys to go. They would love to have better facilities but at least here each and every animal gets the best food, health care and of course love, kindness and understanding of their special needs.
What many people don’t realise is that now they are working with the most severe cases and solely with the local and national Police, the Guardia Civil, Seprona and the Councils. When they are called out to assist and collect an animal they are given official documentation with a case number. This legal notification enables them to transport the equine to the Centre and there they must remain until the case is closed. To date there has only been three closed cases. This is why most people can’t or won’t take on these animals. This type of rescue is in the early stages of development in Spain. There is a clear need for new legislation to help the authorities with these so deserving abandoned and abused animals and to get robust funding for the Centre.
Although they have the ongoing basic expenses which amount to €5,000 a week, at this particular time what they really need is another pump, well two actually. They have three areas at the Centre which are particularly susceptible to flooding and Rod has to trudge through the torrential rain and unforgiving mud night and day to rotate the pump from one place to another.
They did have another pump but sadly it was stolen two years ago before they installed the security system. The cost of a new pump is approximately €550 or a donation of one or two of the quality and function they need would be absolutely fantastic. They are eternally grateful to all their supporters, donors and volunteers for everything they do.
If you would like to contribute towards the new pumps or towards the Centre’s ongoing costs or you would like to donate good quality furniture to their Charity Shops or volunteer then check out their website easyhorsecare.net.
– Written by Diane O’Neill