The answer to this question certainly has to do with the tourism boom of the 1960s. Before Mallorca was discovered by the masses, life was easy going on the island. Due to its geographical location, the island had to be self-sufficient, so it was agriculture that shaped local life. Whoever owned a piece of land was the lucky one, as he could cultivate it and live off the harvest. Small and large farms kept their own animals. Cows, donkeys, sheep and horses were looked after and cared for, for they were important helpers. Then, in the 1960s, the urge grew to build infrastructure to meet the growing demand for accommodation. Land was sold. It became increasingly unprofitable to cultivate fields. The animals that were became a burden and could no longer be kept for financial reasons. Financial shortages were exacerbated by crises like the one in 2008. Those who lived on the island at that time may remember: horses and sheep were abandoned to their fate on their pastures and found in a desolate state. Goats jumped over fences, multiplied uncontrollably and were released for shooting. Unfortunately, such incidents continue to occur today. But it would be unfair to talk only about farmers. There are many reasons why an animal might need a new home, and sometimes there are real tragedies hidden behind the story of animals in need. So they need a shelter. As animal lovers, here’s where we gladly step in. And let’s be honest: we enjoy taking care of these animals. While petting, feeding, grooming and helping them to improve we benefit from a positive attitude. It helps us to relax and it makes us fall into bed with a pleasant feeling of balance.