A HORSE rescue centre in Spain has issued an urgent appeal for public help after their facilities were left knee-deep in water following the torrential rain that fell in parts of the country at the weekend.
The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Rojales (Alicante) on the Costa Blanca is run by Sue and Rod Weeding and a team of volunteers.
The couple moved to Spain from England for a ‘sunshine and relaxation’ retirement. But all that changed in 2008 when they unwittingly created a much-needed horse rescue centre, which is now the only officially registered horse rescue foundation in Spain that relies solely on donations to fund their important work.
And, after torrential rains hit their centre at the weekend, they have taken to social media to issue an urgent public appeal for funds to help bail them out.
On their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/EasyHorseCare/ they said: “It has been a very difficult time one but then no day is ever easy when you have a 120 horses, ponies and donkeys to take care of.
“Although we have ongoing expenses for all the usual things, what we really need right now is another pump – well two actually. We have three areas particularly susceptible to flooding at the centre and Rod has to rotate the pump from place to place.
“Our other pump was stolen last year before we installed our new security system. The cost of a new pump is approximately €550 or a donation of one or two of the quality and function we need would be absolutely fantastic.”
They continue: “There is such a need and demand for this type of sanctuary but of course it comes at a cost and although we are working fervently with local and state authorities to try and obtain regular and ongoing funding until that day comes we rely on the generosity of all of you.
“No matter how big or small your donation it all helps so much. Thank you.”
To donate please go to: www.easyhorsecare.net/donate
The centre is always looking for “passionate people who are willing to share their time, skills, enthusiasm or professional experience.
“Age is no barrier – our oldest volunteer is 82-years-old and our youngest just a child.
“Professional experience is not required as we offer on-the-job training for our volunteers. But if you have a special interest or ability, please do let us know.
“Everyone can volunteer at the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre – regardless of physical abilities, there is always something to do.
“Volunteering at our centre can be as labour-intensive or relaxed as you wish.”
For more details follow this link: www.easyhorsecare.net/how-to-help/volunteer