Fundraising target reached as latest break in emphasises need for secure fencing at rescue centre
Work will soon begin on a major Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre fence upgrade after generous supporters helped raise €13,000 in just three months to secure the Rojales sanctuary’s collapsing perimeter.
The equine rescue centre launched the fundraiser in March, after a custody battle over a “walking skeleton” rescued horse named Oscar turned sour, leaving centre co-founders Sue and Rod Weeding feeling "under siege" in their own home.
The centre suffered a string of break-ins and Sue and Rod, who live at the refuge, also began to notice vans driving past slowly at night.
More than 90 online donors, plus countless others at the centre’s monthly open days and via its charity shops, generously donated to allow the immediate construction of a secure new 378m boundary fence.
"We've been overwhelmed by the generosity of our supporters. This fence upgrade is so important to the safety of our animals who have already suffered so much in their lives, and also to secure our belongings and home,” Sue said.
The final donations came as a peacock named Jasper was stolen from the rescue centre earlier this month (thankfully, he was later returned), and a two-year-old foal named Lily suffered a stable injury in which foul play could not be ruled out.
X-rays have revealed Lily is suffering from a fractured vertebrae that may leave her permanently disabled. The injury is believed to have been caused by a severe impact to her neck one night while she was in her stable.
Other items stolen from the rescue centre over recent months included a television, heater, fan, saddles, bridles and tools.
While the thefts were deeply concerning, Sue said she and Rod felt buoyed by the wave of support for the centre’s fence fundraiser.
She thanked everyone who donated to the cause – from those who could spare just €5 to the three kind souls who anonymously donated €1000, £1000 and €5000 each.
“When you start a rescue centre like ours, you do it because you cannot ignore the wrongs you are witnessing. You don't really have a plan. You are motivated by a passion that drives you forward,” Sue said.
"The wonderful thing is that so many people have now joined us on this journey, helping and supporting in so many ways that we feel we are no longer on our own."
The Weedings are now awaiting final council approval before beginning work on a new two-metre high block wall across the road-front boundary of the rescue centre, complete with concrete foundations and topped by metal fencing for extra security.
The fence fundraiser remains open and extra donations can still be made at easyhorsecare.net/donate/support-our-fence-fundraiser.
The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre relies entirely on donations to fund its important animal welfare work, including the feeding and care of the centre’s more than 90 horses, ponies and donkeys rescued from abuse, neglect and abandonment.
Donations of cash or items for the centre’s network of seven charity shops across the Alicante province are gratefully welcomed. A pick-up service is available to collect large donated items such as furniture and each shop also offers a delivery service for large items purchased in-store.
The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre, located just outside Rojales at Partido Lo Garriga, 59, opens to the public on the first Sunday of every month between 1pm and 4pm. A free horse tour with centre co-founder Rod Weeding begins at 2pm and refreshments are available in the café. For more details and directions, please visit www.easyhorsecare.net.