Animal Rescue Needs Rescuing!
Andrea's Animal Rescue and the Henrietta Foundation are desperately seeking funding to continue their unending challenge of rescuing ill-treated donkeys and other animals.
The charity based in Murcia was set up in 2008 and is presently overwhelmed with mistreated, injured and abandoned donkeys and other animals, so they are trying to raise 100,000€ to purchase further land to add to the premises they already have.
The charity is funded by Andrea and her husband Kevin. They are supported by generous people who donate money and items to support 2 charity shops manned by loyal volunteers in Roldan and Mazarrón, plus auctions set up on social media. Vets bills cost up to 3,000€ for a severely injured donkey and in excess of 9,000€ a year is spent on feed, bedding, farriers fees, livery and the general running and maintenance of transport. The charity is therefore struggling to raise the money needed to buy extra land.
Andrea's Animal Rescue has helped many injured and distressed donkeys, mules and ponies. One in particular, the smallest and thinnest donkey they have seen, was being ridden by 3 drunken youths, whilst being beaten by a fourth until the donkey collapsed. This poor animal was saved by a witness who actually paid the owner for the donkey and then contacted the charity.
Another donkey was literally being eaten alive by a pack of dogs and had a 25cm hole in his leg and had to be hospitalised. He was treated at the Hospital Veterinario San Vicente, in Alicante, who provide enormous help and support to the charity.
These are just a small example of cases the charity has dealt with and there are many more out there waiting for someone to help them.
Andrea's Animal Rescue works with Seprona, the animal welfare section of the Guardia Civil and is on call for USECO in Cartagena, the animal welfare section of the Police Local. At the moment any abandoned donkeys, mules or ponies reported to them have to be fed and watered, if possible, where they are found, so the purchase of more land is becoming more and more critical. The most recent case was a donkey abandoned in the fields just outside Cartagena which they travel to on a daily basis with food and water.
With extra land they will be able to provide permanent sanctuary to animals that cannot be re-homed due to their earlier mistreatment and injuries. For example; one donkey was totally blind; another had an eye missing; several had hooves so overgrown for so long that they have deformed legs and difficulty in walking.
Re-homing is another issue, as Spanish legislation is making it more and more difficult for anyone to adopt or foster equines.
Andrea's Animal Rescue is overwhelmed. Apart from the 21 donkeys, mules and ponies at the Rescue Centre they have several in livery and foster care and at least 8 donkeys and ponies on a waiting list. They want to help them, but they desperately, desperately need more land.
Andrea's Animal Rescue has also helped many dogs suffering in the Murcia area. One dog, Toby, was found in Los Vivancos. He was a bundle of skin and bone weighing no more than 5kgs and suffering from Leishmania, a parasite infection caused by sandflies. He was so ill he had to have 24 hour care, but after 4 months Toby now weighs a normal 15kgs and although he still has health issues and will be on medication for the rest of his life, he is a happy boy and has a forever home with Andrea and Kevin.
Since 2008 Andrea's Animal Rescue has re-homed hundreds of dogs; many in Spain and UK, but also many in collaboration with other associations to Germany, Holland, France, Belgium, Ireland, Canada and the USA.
Andrea's Animal Rescue and Henrietta Foundation's aim is to educate families and children in the care and treatment of animals, by arranging Open Days and activities to provide more understanding and to help stop the continuing mistreatment of animals.
Take a look at their Facebook page www.facebook.com/andreasanimalrescue to see the tireless work they do.
Andrea's Animal Rescue and the Henrietta Foundation Charity no: 9.980/1a
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