A visit to ACE is a must! I had intended to go after reading Trip Advisor reviews and reading their website. I saw their wish list and so we started gathering together things that they needed. You can get horse head collars on ebay at 5 for approx. £13, so we took 15 of those. Due to their weight we had to leave some of our clothes behind but it was worth it. Also you can buy horse bandages on ebay 12 for £12 – both so much cheaper than the local equine store! Due to us being laden with bags to take to ACE, Hass of Love Egypt Tours, with whom we booked our trips, kindly offered to drive us to ACE, and returned for us an hour later – thank you Hass.
It was a wonderful experience to actually see the good work Kim and her team do for these poor sick and abused donkeys and horses. While we were there, a donkey was brought in on the back of a truck, having been involved in a car accident three days before! It was so so sad, he was already half dead and suffering, and the vets had to put him to sleep immediately. I was in tears, and Kim was also visibly distressed, despite all her years of seeing these things. It made us wonder how someone can leave an animal suffering so much for three days before taking him to ACE.
The volunteer vets were so kind and they and Kim took us on the patient round explaining to us what was wrong with each animal.
We met Felix and Jules - such darlings!
Our second visit to ACE was after we noticed that a horse standing outside our hotel had open wounds at the tops of his legs due to ill-fitting straps. I took on the calesh driver and gave him what for. I paid him to take us to ACE where he washed the poor horse who looked bedraggled and was obviously suffering from these wounds. Dr David checked the horse over, gave him a tetanus injection and gave the driver Sudocreme for the horse’s wounds, so if you are going over, you can easily pick up a tub of Sudocreme at the supermarket for them too!
The horse looked beautiful and had perked up after his shower. On the way back the driver thanked me and said he was happy that I was looking after his horse! I told him that he should do this every week because the horse looked and felt better! We got back to our hotel and the other horse owners were asking if I’d like to look after their horses too! Maybe they learned a lesson!
All donations are gratefully received at ACE, and if you have sun lotion, shampoo or anything else left over at the end of your holiday, do leave it for ACE as they can use it. I just wish I was in a better position to be able to help ACE in the way it really deserves. A big thank you to Kim and your team for the great work you all do! And a big hug to Jules and Felix!
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