There was an unexpected visitor at the ARCH Rescue Centre recently. Apache, a beautiful young donkey had travelled a long way on foot from France with his new owner and the two had formed a strong bond. Unfortunately, when the pair reached Malaga, on their homeward lap towards Granada, they were stopped by the Police who asked to see the donkey’s papers. Unable to verify that Apache had not been stolen because the paperwork was not forthcoming, the Police decided to confiscate the donkey until ownership could be proved. Having no facilities to keep a donkey, they appealed to ARCH for help and so Apache came to the Centre in Alhaurin el Grande and ARCH arranged temporary accommodation nearby for his owner. ARCH President, Jill Newman Rogers, commented “The donkey was obviously well cared for and was very attached to his owner who came to the Centre every day and helped with the mucking out. But it does underline the importance of having correct paperwork for animals when you travel. We were happy to help out the Police, with whom we have a good working relationship, and even happier when Apache and his owner were able to continue their journey once the authorities were satisfied and could release the donkey.”