On February 6th 2013, Mara was put to sleep and she left this world forever. Despite all our efforts to rehabilitate Mara her body was too weak to keep on fighting. Letting her go was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do. She was our first ever rescue and she will always have a very special place in our hearts. Read her journey below:

I am Mara, and I was given a second chance at life thanks to the kind hearts of those who found me.

I lived my life high up in the Galician mountains, and was used for producing lambs which the humans took away from me every year. This was the most upsetting and awful experience imaginable, and it happened year after year until one day I was attacked by an animal in the night. When my owner discovered me with a bad bite on my leg and unable to walk, he decided that as I was so old I was not worth saving and before I knew it the gate to the field in which I had lived all my life was being shut behind me, and I was left alone and scared on the mountainside to fend for myself. Before long I couldn’t walk at all and I thought I would surely die there.

My fortunes were to change that day when some caring people found me. Crippled, soaking wet, freezing cold and infested with parasites, I was in a terrible state. They carried me all the way to the car where I was wrapped in a blanket and taken to somewhere that us animals can only dream about going.

I have seen a lot in my lifetime and in the whole 10 years that I have lived, it was not until I came to Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary that I discovered such a thing as love and kindness. At the sanctuary I was rehabilitated and I got stronger and stronger every day. I now know that my favourite food is apples and banana skins.

Finally after all these years I am free. I only wish that it had happened sooner.

Mara  Mara  Mara