Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre

Our mission is to rescue and rehabilitate abused, neglected and abandoned horses, ponies and donkeys, while campaigning for the better treatment of animals across Spain. We are a no-kill foundation and provide each rescued animal with a safe and loving sanctuary – either here at our centre or via rehoming – for the rest of their lives.

Sancho Panza

Sancho Panza in Oct 2016

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.

Sancho Panza as a baby

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.

Sancho Panza in October 2016