We have had a whirlwind month of rescues.  Our most serious was a donkey who we have named Camaron.  We heard about him through social media.  The police were called as it was a clear case of neglect and along with our vet, we hitched up our box and were on our way.  His injury was really bad and the owners immediately surrendered him. A huge open wound to his neck had to be treated and he was sedated before being taken to the hospital in Alicante. 4 weeks later he is still there!  His wound is responding well to laser treatment, he seems to be doing well and we can’t wait to get him home. You can follow his story in detail on our FB page. Some of the photos of his injury are quite distressing!  Thank you to The Donkey Sanctuary for helping with the hospital fees.  A long stay in hospital is very expensive, so if you would like to help aid his recovery, donations can be made at:

Two donkeys abandoned near the port, one with injuries to his neck, both are doing well
Two donkeys abandoned near the port, one with injuries to his neck, both are doing well

Paypal: andreasanimalrescuemurcia@hotmail.com

Bank Account: Andreas Animal Rescue and the Henrietta Foundation

Caja Rural 

IBAN: ES 9830185740682015846617

BIC: bcoeesmm018

Another phone call from the Police in Mazarrón about two abandoned donkeys on waste ground in the Port! One had an injury to the neck. These two certainly lived up to the saying ‘stubborn as a mule’ because they did not want to get in the horsebox!!  Eventually, on their terms and with the mighty strength of the local police we got them in!  A big thank you to everyone who helped us. The water and carrots were definitely needed and a great distraction for them.

Thanks to the Polica local who help get them in the box…. Stubborn !!!
Thanks to the Polica local who help get them in the box…. Stubborn !!!

Do you know where the saying ‘stubborn as a mule’ came from?

Apparently, it goes back to 1771 when it was mentioned in some literary works. Hybrid equines and donkeys were used for transporting goods. When they were overloaded, they refused to move by planting their feet firmly into the ground and not moving – hence the saying. If I was overloaded with goods, I would be exactly the same!!

Santana… suffering from malnutrition, now under the protective wings of AAR
Santana… suffering from malnutrition, now under the protective wings of AAR

We then got a phone call from the Police in Cartagena about an abandoned horse. Off we went again! This poor elderly boy had been left tied up, clearly with back problems. It is unforgivable that he should be left like that, so we welcome Santana who will see out his twilight years with AAR.  Nobody wants the ‘oldies’, but we believe with a little TLC he will enjoy his retirement with us. 

We have fabulous photos on FB about all our rescues, so please take a few minutes to have a look, along with photos of the donkeys at The Sanctuary who are so happy and having a ball! There are some funny ones, as they are such characters and really do lift your spirits.

That’s it until next month!

Every Monday there will be someone (usually me!) in the car park on the roundabout of Camposol B. You can drop donations off from 11.30am-1.30pm.  We are very visible with yellow panels on the side of our vans.  Larger items can be collected by prior arrangement, or items can be dropped off at our shops in Roldan or Mazarrón from 10.30am-1.30pm.

Andrea x