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#UnaVidaSinMiedo - #ALifeWithoutFear

Because everyone deserves to live a life without fear

  • #ALifeWithoutFear The Final Installment. Chapter 8: Galicia and Pablo

    It is the final chapter of our Life Without Fear campaign and, thanks to you, it has been a huge success. A few days ago, we reached our goal of €5.000, which we could not have done without you!

    We have decided to end the campaign not on a story from the past but of a story which is evolving right now at the sanctuary If you follow us on social media, you may have already met Galicia and Pablo, a goat and a lamb who have been rescued by us in the weeks that the Life Without Fear campaign has been running. They were rescued separately, both just days old when we picked them up, and have now become brother and sister.

    We wanted to share their heart-warming story to show you exactly where your generous support goes. In supporting our campaign, not only have you helped to spread the word and raise awareness surrounding our work, but you have, quite literally, made the rescue of these two wonderful new members of our family, and others who have arrived in the last few weeks, possible. It’s thanks to you that little Galicia and her little brother Pablo WILL live a Life Without Fear.

    From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for helping us to reach our target and we hope you enjoy this final chapter of the campaign.

    If you fell in love with Galicia and Pablo as we have, you can also become a permanent part of their lives by sponsoring them. If you would like to find out more, please email [email protected] 

  • THANK YOU! We are delighted to announce that we reached our goal – we have raised €5.000!

    Thanks to your incredible support, animals like Galicia and Pablo are able to begin their new lives in safety at Wings of Heart Sanctuary. These babies, along with those animals whose stories we have shared over the last few weeks as part of the “Life Without Fear” campaign, live free at Wings of Heart thanks to the generosity of people like you. We are so grateful.

    Right now, we are preparing a very special final chapter to the campaign which we look forward to sharing with you very soon. In the meantime, the campaign remains open: there is still time to share or donate so please continue to spread the word. The money raised as part of the campaign will go to provide vital medication, food and care to all of the animals under our care. And animals who need our help keep on arriving on our doorstep. We need all the support we can get!

    Thank you so much for being part of our dream: that all animals deserve to live A Life Without Fear.

    On behalf of all the animals (and their carers) at Wings of Heart …. THANK YOU! 

  • #ALifeWithoutFear - Chapter 7: Pepa

    We are now just a ONE WEEK away from the end of our A Life Without Fear campaign and now we really need your help to make it a success and reach our €5.000 goal. If we do not reach our target, we will receive NONE of the donations pledged so far!

    Since the campaign’s launch just six weeks ago, we have shared the stories of six Wings of Heart residents – helping to give you a glimpse of the lives that the animals under our care lived before coming to us and the incredible strength and perseverance that they have shown in overcoming their traumatic past. Since the campaign began, we have also welcomed new arrivals to the sanctuary. These new arrivals are sometimes just babies, like little Galicia, and they need our round-the-clock care to help them get well and begin their new lives. But with new arrivals comes new costs – particularly medication and vet’s fees – and for this reason the Life Without Fear campaign is so important. Please help us today to reach our target of €5.000. You will be helping animals like Galicia and Pepa, who is the star of this week’s Life Without Fear update, get the second chance in life that they deserve.


    Pepa was found, collapsed and close to death in the middle of nowhere. She had been abandoned to die from starvation; that is, if the infection which riddled her leg did not kill her first. When our team answered the call for help from a kind person who wanted to help Pepa, they were shocked to see just how emaciated she was. It was hard to believe that she was still alive – you could see her bones jutting out from her skin and she barely had energy to lift her head.

    Her first few days at the sanctuary were touch and go and our team stayed up with her late into the night each evening. Each morning, our team approached Pepa with trepidation, dreading to find her gone, scared that she may have succumbed to her trauma and passed away in her sleep. But each morning, her eyes fluttered open and she greeted the team happily. She was a fighter.

    The vets diagnosed a severe infection in her joints, which had made her completely lame in one leg and was threatening to spread to her others. Combined with her already weakened state due to emaciation, the vet warned us that this beautiful girl might not make it.

    Pepa, however, had other ideas! Each day, Pepa stoically allowed us to treat her – even though her the physiotherapy and the constant cleaning of her wounds would have caused her considerable pain. She quickly learned to trust us – something that always amazes us about rescued animals. These individuals have been through so much and yet can learn to trust when shown affection and kindness. Pepa seemed to know that the pain she was experiencing in treatment was in her best interests. In fact, Pepa often tried to (literally) run before she could walk. Her determination often brought us to tears as this brave sheep began to put on weight, began to walk tentatively on her damaged leg and began to relax into her new life in safety at Wings of Heart.

    The difference in Pepa after a month with us was incredible. We have rarely seen such a transformation from an animal so, so sick, to one who looks so healthy and happy. Just in the last few weeks, having been eager to join the – ever increasing – flock of rescued sheep at the sanctuary, we finally felt Pepa was well enough to be able to be with others. The day we let her into the large paddock, she behaved as if she was meeting old friends. She ran around and greeted everyone and was welcomed as if she had always been there.

    In her quieter moments, Pepa likes to come back to us and spend some time with her head rested in our laps, just as she did during those first painful days. Now though, her eyes close in contentment and her breathing is calm and steady. She knows that she is safe, and she knows that, from now on, she will live a Life Without Fear.

  • #ALifeWithoutFear - Chapter 6: Rita

    We have just two weeks left until the end of our Life Without Fear campaign and there is still a long way to go before we reach our target of €5,000. Thanks to the generosity of people like you, we have already raised €1,500 – donations that will provide medication, food and care for our most recently rescued animals. BUT if we do not reach our target of €5,000 in the next two weeks, we will LOSE the money already raised and end up with nothing!

    As such, we are asking for your urgent help in sharing and supporting the campaign as it comes to its vital last days. Please help to ensure that we do not lose this amazing opportunity to receive urgent support for the animals.

    This week, we would like to share the sixth story of our series. Today, you will learn about the rescue and rehabilitation of Rita the donkey and her little family. The family of donkeys came from a horrific situation to live in freedom and safety with us here at wings of Heart. Read on to find out more about our beautiful Rita.

    One March morning in 2013, we received a call for emergency help.

    In the municipality of Labastida, in Vitoria – Gasteiz, a family of donkeys which had been brutally mistreated for years needed a place to go. These three donkeys, mother, father and son, had been seized by the Provincial Council of Alava, after repeated complaints, along with other animals such as dogs, goats and two rabbits. A local resident said that the site where the animals were being kept had no licence of any kind. Despite this, the local city authorities had donated the farmland where animals were being hoarded and kept in appalling conditions.

    Tied, chained, without veterinary care or proper food, it was only thanks to the secret intervention of concerned neighbours that any of the animals survived. Unfortunately for the goats, by the time we learned of the situation, it was too late. The defendant got rid of them when he found out about the complaint. We don’t know to this day what he did with them.

    Rita is the mother of the family. She is a donkey that was abused and had marks all over her body when she first came to us. When she arrived, we were appalled by the poor condition of her coat and saddened to see how submissive she was. She was suspicious. Not as suspicious as Martin but when you raised a hand to caress her face, she backed away, afraid of the hand delivering a blow.

    With time and socialisation, Rita has regained an impressive shine on her coat, she gained healthy weight and, importantly, we saw her self-esteem grow. Rita’s recovery is undoubtedly thanks, in part, to her son and his infectious love of life. In part, the love and care she has received at the sanctuary has also helped her. Here the animals are free to enjoy their lives and there is something contagious about that freedom of freedom and safety. Rita has turned into a loving and affectionate donkey who, although is still wary, allows herself to be embraced and has learned to accept that affection and tenderness are things to be enjoyed.

    Now elderly, Rita likes to spend most of her time with her best friend – another elderly donkey named Moni. The pair like to spend their time wandering round the sanctuary at their own pace, eating, sleeping and paying visits to their carers for some affection. The traumatic memories that Rita carried with her for so long are now long in the past and she can breathe easy because, in the final years of her life, she is free. Now Rita lives a life without fear.