Rescued: April 17, 2009
Charity, our first rescue donkey, was spotted in a piece of rough ground, tied up with no food or water, very close to our rescue entre, along with a horse and another two donkeys. Immediately the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre was alerted and had to negotiate to “buy” the animals from the owners as no other option was available to them at that time, the police didn’t want to get involved and due to the condition of the animals it was feared that they would not survive due to malnutrition and dehydration.
Within 48 hours and the help of the public the Centre were able to raise the money to rescue Charity and the other two donkeys, who were subsequently re-homed to a good home, but very, very sadly one of the re-homed donkeys died 5 days later. The rescued horse who was named Star Chance came to live at the Centre.
Charity is around 25 years old, however her teeth had been so badly neglected that she couldn't chew and digest her food correctly. This is what probably led Charity to lose so much weight, but as with a lot of rescued horses, their history is unknown. Charity also had broken ribs which led the Centre to believe that she had been beaten.
Update - March 2011 Since arriving at the Centre our equine dentist has performed landmark dentistry on her teeth and levelled them so that she was able to eat properly and gave Charity fillings which are unheard of here in Spain to keep her teeth held together as they were little more than stumps. She is the first donkey in Spain to ever receive fillings! It will take months if not years of treatment but her teeth and mouth will never be like that of a normal horse or donkey. Her hooves also needed attention. Tony Moore an International Farrier flies over on regular occasions to fit special shoes on Charity.
Charity continues to need help; she is an elderly lady with joint problems and poor back alignment. Due to these problems she is unable to get to her feet on her own once she has lied down but with the help of the volunteers at the Centre is able to potter about the yard and has become the “Meet and Greet” girl – a gentle giant with a huge personality. She loves her bowls of tea and can often be found waiting patiently in the garden of the Centre outside the café for her favourite bread and butter pudding swilled down with her bowl of tea! It is hoped that Charity will continue to live a full and happy life here at the Centre for many more years to come.
Update 18 April 2011 Charity our first ever rescue donkey was last night rushed to Alicante Animal Hospital as she was unable to bear any weight on her back hind leg. The vets from Alicante Hospital were called out to assess the donkey and confirmed that Charity would have to travel to Alicante Hospital for x-rays. To try and get Charity to the horse trailer would be a feat in itself as Charity is an elderly lady and came to the centre with many, many problems.
Despite these obstacles Rod and Sue with the help of several volunteers managed to raise Charity to her feet and get her into the horse trailer and once they had done so Charity, a gentle giant with a huge personality peeked her head out as if to wonder what all the fuss was about. An emotional team of volunteers bid a tearful farewell as Rod drove off with Charity to the Alicante Animal Hospital.
Once Charity had arrived at the hospital she was made comfortable for the evening and was in fact feeling a little better this morning. Tests are now underway to identify her problems and hopefully our “Meet and Greet girl” will be coming home soon, as we miss her waiting outside the café for her favourite cup of tea! Updates will be given on Charity's progress as and when they are received.
Update 19 April 2011 Vets in Alicante have confirmed that tests on Charity have revealed that she has Cushings Disease which is a disease that affects insulin levels, therefore Charity will require medication to control this for the rest of her life. She also has sciatica and vets at the Alicante Animal Hospital are investigating the possiblity of giving her cortisone injections into her nerves to relieve inflammation and pain. More tests are being undertaken to determine if Charity has any more problems before she is able to come home to her many friends at the Centre.