Unfortunately this story does not end here, during the rest of 2022 the drought affected -and continues to affect- a good part of our country with record temperatures and minimums of rainfall that were not seen for decades. When it doesn't rain, the grass stops growing and as the months go by the situation worsens.
In this context, ACMA ensured the provision of food and care for the horses and other animals under their protection. With the money raised during ArFF 2022, feed rolls were purchased (28 of pasture and 34 of alfalfa) and more than 1,500 packs of shavings were purchased, which are essential to make "beds", especially necessary for recently rescued or recovering horses, giving them a soft surface to stand or lay on.
Thanks to the efforts of our community and that of the ACMA family, they were able to stay afloat, attending to the needs of the animals under their care and continuing their noble mission of rescuing those who need it most.
Today once again, we have the enormous opportunity to make a difference for this organization, with the drought behind us we will try to help them get a new pressure washer, to be able to finish the lighting work on the property and -why not- to lay solid foundations with the hope they are able to acquire their own property as a permanent home.
ACMA is a civil non-profit organization that was born on March 30, 2010 with the mission of addressing the reality of defenseless horses and rescuing them from situations of mistreatment, malnutrition and abuse.
The center of their operations is located in a 30-hectare rented property in the town of Alejandro Korn, Province of Buenos Aires, where they have two hospitalization boxes, veterinary facilities, common boxes and pens; and they also rent another property of more than 100 hectares in the town of Baradero, Province of Buenos Aires, where the horses roam free.
Caring for more than 220 horses is not an easy task and ACMA's work would not be possible without the invaluable contribution of adopters, veterinarians, students and volunteers who, donating their time, allow them to work 24/7, 365 days a year. .
There are no schedules for reports and rescue requests, ACMA responds to the call for help of horses and animals in distress and abuse, working in collaboration with the authorities in a relationship based on experience, professionalism and years of service.
In addition, the organization plays a fundamental role for society in teaching the importance of responsible ownership and treatment of animals: ACMA organizes open days where the public can visit the Alejandro Korn property to participate in different activities, interact with animals and enjoy a day with their families; Camps and more technical activities dedicated to veterinary students and related careers are also organized.
Whether it is delivered as a judicial depositary, by a judicial body (municipal, provincial, etc.) or by security forces or that it is received by the simple delivery of its owner or holder, it is verified that the horse has all the supporting documentation regarding its origin.
In the vast majority of cases, travel and medical care expenses are covered entirely by ACMA.
All horses that arrive must be isolated from the rest of their peers due to the rigorous veterinary examinations that must be carried out, among them and the most important, that of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA).
Upon arrival, If the horse is in serious condition, it goes directly to a hospitalization box that is specially prepared, since it has a rubber floor, a double bed of shavings, padded walls, an electric winch to be able to lift the horse if necessary, air conditioning, a fan, security cameras so that it can be monitored from a PC or cell phone.
If the horse is not in serious condition, it is kept in quarantine in an isolated box until it is certain whether or not it is a carrier of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA), this disease is highly contagious among horses and has no cure. Unfortunately, by order of SENASA, if the tests are positive, the horse must be euthanized.
Based on the general state of health, a rehabilitation and treatment plan is drawn up where the horse will always be in company of all the love and affection of volunteers and workers who will give their best so that the horse can return to be healthy and fit. As the horse improves, it is allowed to go to a stable and finally, if its situation allows it, roam free in the corral or on the premises.
Although the treatments sometimes require a lot of time and hours of dedication, when seeing the improvement of each patient, they are moved from one environment to another. He goes through different pens to interact with other horses and thus, depend less each day on interaction with volunteers, and then return to his normal life wandering in a herd with his peers, establishing his own emotional ties.
There is a procedure to adopt horses, but whoever wants to do so must meet a series of very strict requirements: committing to provide a decent standard of living for the horse or animal in adoption, they must also commit to not put the horse to perform any kind of "work” and also be subjected to surprise inspections by the organization.
Have a suitable property so that the horse can lead a normal life. Possess the necessary amenities for your stay. And other points that are detailed to each possible adopter.
Never subject him to work. Have veterinary care and health book up to date. Submit to periodic control by the NGO's Volunteers and/or Veterinarians, who corroborate the state of the adoptee, where in case of non-compliance, said adoption contract can be interrupted and the adoptee returns to the NGO.