Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre newsletter

Goodbye to dear old Dolores

This month we sadly had to say goodbye to Dolores, an abandoned old mare rescued two years ago.
Happy and healthy Dolores after her rescue.

Dolores arrived at the rescue centre in January 2013, suffering pneumonia and with a mouth full of painfully rotten teeth. She was also traumatised after being tied to the back of a van and forced to run behind it.

We nursed her back to health with a range of specialist treatments and spoiled her rotten with a regular supply of treats. She lived almost three years in peace and happiness with us. But earlier this month we noticed Dolores was really starting to struggle and so we made the heartbreaking decision to put her to sleep.

We feel happy to have given her a few good years of love and kindness after all the suffering she survived. RIP, Dolores.

Read the full story of her rescue here.

Update on Braveheart and the "missing ball" mystery

Braveheart, the donkey we rescued from terrible conditions in Valencia last month, had to be sent for surgery at the Alicante horse hospital this month.

That’s because our veterinarian Dorothea had alerted us to a “missing ball” – meaning one of his testicles had not dropped in the normal way.

Dorothea was concerned the testicle could turn cancerous if it remained up in Braveheart’s abdomen. The operation was a complete success and Braveheart is now back at our rescue centre and completely recovered.

We rescued Braveheart on October 23 from a property at Rotglà y Corberà, 150 kilometres north of Alicante, in a joint operation with the Valencia and Guadamar branches of Spain’s animal welfare unit, Seprona.

At the same time, we also rescued a skeletal horse, Betty, who – as we reported in last month’s newsletter – was terribly weak and sadly died just two days later.

Braveheart had been kept a grotty little area enclosed with chain-link fencing and was unable to move off a concrete circle because he was surrounded by branches and metal. Luckily, however, he’d only been at the property for two weeks and was only just beginning to show signs of malnutrition.

He’s already looking like a much happier and healthier donkey.
Braveheart after his rescue.

Come to our new Gran Alacant charity shop opening this month

Finally, after eight months of negotiation, we’re ready to open our new and larger charity shop at Gran Alacant – and you’re invited to the inauguration.

The official opening is on Tuesday, December 15 at 12pm. Sue Weeding and Taffeta, a miniature pony rescued in 2008, will be there to meet you.

We can now also accept donations of furniture and large items that we previously didn’t have the space for.

The existing shop will be converted into a book and euro bargain shop, while the new store will sell larger, higher-quality items including furniture, clothes and shoes. All funds raised will go towards the hefty feeding and care costs of our more than 90 rescued horses, ponies and donkeys.

Find the shop directions here.

Thanks, yet again, to our supporter Elaine

British expat Elaine Sissons raised €353 for our rescue centre at a coffee and cake fundraiser at Laguna Green’s Bamboo Lounge last month.

Elaine would have to be one of our most tireless supporters – earlier this year she raised €571 while sky diving for her 60th birthday and she’s now in training for the gruelling 26-mile Yorkshire Three Peaks run next year. What a trooper!

If you’re keen to support our work, check out our range of donation options here.
Our wonderful supporter Elaine Sissons.

Special Christmas open day this Sunday

Don't forget, our rescue centre opens to the public this Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. This weekend we'll have carol singers on hand to celebrate Christmas.

Head here for more information plus a map and directions.

As always, thank you.

To all our wonderful supporters here in Spain and across the world, thank you. With your help and support, we are making huge steps forward for animal welfare in Spain.
With best wishes,
Sue and Rod Weeding,
Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre co-founders.
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