An emergency rescue of 100 donkeys took place this week in the Spanish village of Guijo de Granadilla, Cáceres as part of the largest rescue case lead by The Donkey Sanctuary’s Spanish operation, El Refugio del Burrito.
The equines were rescued by El Refugio del Burrito after the death of their owner left them with nobody to care for them. As the animals were not registered or microchipped, they faced an uncertain future until the charity stepped in.
After being made aware of the plight of these donkeys, the charity contacted the Agricultural Office, the Nature Protection Service, the City Council and the Local Police and then took over the equines immediately.
An animal welfare team travelled to Guijo de Granadilla, where vets assisted the animals and food was provided. So far, 30 of them have been moved to one of the charity’s farms in Bodonal de la Sierra (Badajoz) and 60 are in temporary shelters at a farm in Plasencia. The search and rescue operations continue to ascertain if any other equines are on the land.
The donkeys were in a terrible unsanitary condition and most of them are suffering with severe malnutrition. Some have already died recently from the cold and lack of food.
El Refugio del Burrito has launched an urgent appeal to find homes in Spain for some of the rescued donkeys and those that have adequate facilities to rehome donkeys should contact the charity via firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (00 34) 952 735 077.
The charity is seeking donations from the public to cover the costs of this massive rescue operation and the emergency care for the donkeys in desperate need of treatment.