When you are reading this we at AAR hope and pray that the Corona Virus is well into the history books! We are now two days into the country being in ‘lockdown’ … what a shock it’s been!
As many of you know, we totally rely on the income from our shops to keep the charity afloat. ‘No money’ means we cannot pay our bills! Yes we have lots of bills each month from vet fees, livery fees, food, shop rents, insurance, taxes; I could go on!!!
Friday 13th was such a horrid day! When it was publicised that we may be locked down for two weeks, we had to start sorting things out and quickly! Straw, alfalfa, dry food and salvardo for the donkeys and rabbit food was ordered, then it was off to the supermarket. By then it was late afternoon. Both Kevin and I had been working in the shops during the morning, so guess what; that’s right! Very little was left on the shelves; a couple of bags of dog biscuits and a couple of cans of food – no cleaning products at all. Luckily the donkey feed suppliers also carry a small amount of cleaning products, so we managed to buy from them.
Our biggest problem though is that with the shops closed we have no income. We spoke to one of our supporters who suggested that we appealed to our followers. This we have done and donations are coming in to see us through this horrendous time. Please accept our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has donated and if you wish to make a donation, details are on the poster on our Facebook page. We simply cannot manage without the public’s help. Hopefully the ‘lockdown’ will only last two weeks, Fingers, toes, legs and arms all crossed at the moment!
I thought I would share a lovely photo of one of our supporters Gill, down at the stables grooming Honey, one of our ponies! Honey came to us a few months ago from the pererra. She had been chained up for months; leaving such a bad injury to her neck. She will always bear these scars, but we hope the trauma will fade in time … she’s certainly loved now.
On the animal front, some stupid person, (I can’t really write what I would like to write!) decided that they would throw five little kittens over our wall!!! OMG! Why the hell would anyone do that?! Sadly the dogs killed 2, but we managed to save 3. It really was very traumatic. They were taken to the vets and apart from a minor infection all are doing well. A lovely lady from Camposol offered to take all three kittens which was fantastic.
As usual I will be on Camposol B Car Park every Monday 11.30am-1.30pm collecting your unwanted items. For larger items please contact me on 690 906 565
Until next month, please stay safe and well.