A DOG'S LIFE FOR SANCHO PANZA
A DOG'S LIFE FOR SANCHO PANZA UNTIL EHCRC CAME TO THE RESCUE
We would like to share with you, this delightful story of our latest donkey rescue here at the centre. It would be wonderful if they were all this easy and involved such lovely people.
We were initially contacted by Kate Cammish who is the owner of the craft and quilting shop in San Luis, she needed help to re-home a donkey as soon as possible. She then went on to explain that he was presently been kept at a dog training centre in Los Montesinos but could not stay there for much longer. So we agreed to go and collect him the next day and give him a permanent home here with us at the centre. Kate was very relieved and couldn't thank us enough.
When we arrived at the dog training centre we were greeted by Ruben, the dog trainer at the centre, and what a lovely man he was.
We then learnt the full story of the little donkey named Sancho Panza (after the servant to Don Quixote in the Spanish novel written by Don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra in 1605).
It transpired that this young donkey was around seven months old and was originally owned by a shepherd who grazes his goats and sheep around the waste ground and salt lakes of the Los Montesinos area.
One day Ruben found the donkey wandering around alone and in a very bad state. He asked the shepherd what he was actually going to do with this young donkey. The shepherd informed him that he no longer wanted him and he had more of less abandoned him. So Ruben instantly put the donkey into the back of his car and drove him to his dog training centre, where he started to look after him, as this young donkey was desperate for food and water.
This is when Kate and her friend Sandra Gelbke became emotionally involved with young Sancho the donkey, as they both took their dogs to the training centre. Sadly the actual owner of the land that the dog training centre is on would not give permission for the donkey to stay there. So at that point Kate even considered digging up the terrace of her back garden to give him a home as she wanted to ensure his future welfare.
This is when Sandra remembered Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre and said "why don't you ask if they will help?" And so they called us. We had no idea what to expect upon our arrival, as you can never tell from a telephone conversation.
However Sancho Panza is absolutely delightful and in relatively good health, apart from needing to be wormed and in desperately need to have his hoofs trimmed. His hooves have obviously never been touched and if left, they can affect his joint development.
Sancho loves to be with people all day, as he doesn't seem to realise he is a donkey, he has been introduced to our other six donkeys but he didn't seem too keen to stay with them. So for the moment he is spending his days in the yard with us and the other volunteers.
Sandra and Kate are so delighted that Sancho has found a new lovely permanent home here at the rescue centre and they are both going to help raise money for EHCRC to help towards Sancho's living costs.
Kate and her handicraft ladies make beautiful handmade quilts that she raffles off every year to raise money for a charity, this year she is raffling them off for the EHCRC. (For more details about her quilts you can contact Kate on 966789195).
Kate's friend Sandra is an animal reiki healer and any money made from her services she is going to donate to the EHCRC. (For more information contact Sandra on 634309708).
Not only this but Kate and Sandra have also become volunteers, offering to help us out here at the Rescue Centre.
We always need volunteers - seven days a week, 365 day a year. Every day at EHCRC is a working day, we always need help with mucking out stables, field clearance, even just washing feeding buckets as we have over fifty every day to wash.
So if you are looking for something fun to do? If you can spare us a few hours each week? Come Volunteer at the Rescue Centre. You don't need to be horsy person or have any horse knowledge. Just have a love of animals and a willingness to try something new. Anything you can do to help us is very much appreciated and it is a great way of keeping fit, getting fit, toning up and making new friends.
If you would like to volunteers, call Sue on 652021980 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show your love and support for Sancho and our other Equines:
• Come and visit Sancho Panza at the Rescue Centre on Sundays 1pm-4pm
• Donate or Buy Items from our Charity Shops
• Become an EHCRC Member and Give Them a Voice
• Hold a Charity Event on their behalf
• Visit our 'Easy Horse Spain' You-Tube Channel
• Add us to your Face Book
• Share our site with your friends www.easyhorsecare.net
Maybe you won't change the world by saving one horse but you will change the whole world for the horse that you save.