Rafael was a severly beaten, abused, starved horse who worked pulling an overloaded cart in Juarez, Mexico. In late September, he arrived at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary where he will live the rest of his life in comfort and care.
While working as a "beast of burden" Rafael was harnessed to a decrepit cart piled high with scrap metal. A good samaritan paid $200 to buy Rafael from his abuser. Removing the harnesses from Rafael took close to an hour as it appeared that he wore them night and day. Once they were off his body, open sores and wounds could be seen where he had been beaten and where the harnesses had dug into his flesh.
rafaels life before his rescue
watch rafael play with billy!
Rafael gives a tour of his new home at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary
Watch Rafael's arrival at the CAPE Animal Sanctuary
“"Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way."
~ Martin Luther King, Jr