Animal rights and rescue association appeals for funds to overcome crisis

Virginia and Concordia with one of the horses at the sanctuary.
Virginia and Concordia with one of the horses at the sanctuary. / SUR
  • The CYD sanctuary in Alhaurín el Grande has recently required heavy investment in emergency repairs

The CYD Santa María Association and Refuge is appealing for funds in order to continue offering help and sanctuary to the 200 animals currently in its care.

The organisation, which is run by Virginia and Concordia, two sisters united in their love of animals, is a charitable animal rights and rescue association based in Alhaurín el Grande.

Over the last two years, the centre has been hit by a series of floods and has required heavy investment in emergency repairs to the land and the site's facilities.

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has created even more problems, leaving the sisters unable to offer the usual standard of service due to the lack of fundraising and donations.

The sisters have campaigned for animal rights in Spain for 20 years, during which time, they have rescued and rehabilitated thousands of mistreated and abandoned animals.

Along with dozens of abandoned dogs, cats, birds and goats, the sanctuary currently has 50 horses. The sisters have endeavoured to recreate a natural habitat where these animals can live out the rest of their days being properly looked after.

"We need money for the optimal care and well-being of our animals, which has always proved a challenge. Whatever donors can spare would be gratefully received and put towards the immediate needs and well-being of the animals," Virginia said.

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