Horse drinking from water .
(photo credit: Charles P)
The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel-Tel Aviv-Jaffa has 16
horses and seven donkeys sorely in need of permanent homes, as the rescued
animals’ shelter stables are in poor condition and require immediate repair, the
organization told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.
“We have to find a place
for them,” SPCA spokesman Gadi Vitner said.
In the past five years, the
organization has rescued more than 300 horses and donkeys, typically from cart
horse duty in Jaffa, Ramle and Lod. About half of those have been adopted and
saved from euthanization, according to Vitner.
Rescue is easier in Jaffa,
as using cart horses is illegal there. Police cooperation is vital, he said. The
SPCA, along with other animal rights organizations, is pushing for the
implementation of a similar law all around the country, but has not yet
For now, SPCA must upgrade its Tel Aviv stables so that
rescued horses and donkeys have a comfortable recuperation environment, Vitner
said. All adopted horses and donkeys will still be property of the SPCA and
given medical treatments under its umbrella, but will live at the new “owner’s”
home, where they can be ridden gently.
“Those horses must find a place so
we can bring people to fix the stables,” Vitner said.
The SPCA can be
contacted at (03) 513-6500 or www.spcaisrael.org