Initially we tried to limit the numbers of rescues, thus ensuring that we could offer the best care and rehabilitation. When we opened we took in mostly abandoned horses and donkeys – they appeared tied up at our gate. However with the arrival of the financial crisis things changed, thousands of beautiful, fit young horses were sent to slaughter as their owners and breeders unable to feed the mares or sell the foals. Lorries were queuing up at the slaughterhouse door.
Soon our policy of limiting our intake went out of the window as we desperately tried to rescue as many equines as we could, each one a victim of the economic downturn. During the first few years of our existence we often had to appeal to our supporters and sponsors for help as our rescue numbers grew. To everyone who has supported us during the last few years we are eternally grateful.
Sadly there are now far fewer horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in Andalusia. Yet still our mission remains as important as ever.
About our Sanctuary
ARCH comprises a group of international equine enthusiasts dedicated to the welfare and protection of horses and donkeys. Each year we rescue, rehabilitate and re home animals brought to our facility.