A.R.C.H. was founded in 2009 by a small group of horse lovers, all of whom had experience working with rescued animals. Rather than follow in the footsteps of so many charitable organizations who take on far too many rescued animals – reducing their capacity to provide each case with maximum support – with our limited resources we chose to take on fewer cases ensuring each animal receives the attention they require.

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 over the 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.