During a live radio interview today with BBC Somerset's presenter Jo Phillips, we were talking about the contrast of the Sanctuary's work in Europe to overseas, particularly as I have just returned from a visit to our project in Egypt
The difference is this. In Asia, Africa and North America where our projects exist to help working donkeys, we simply can't rescue them. Men, women and even children absolutely depend on them. But rest assured, we do help in the most AMAZING way - we offer a kind of sanctuary from suffering instead...
Take Hesham's donkey called Jenny for instance. This gentleman had no idea his little foal's feet were too long - he just thought she wasn't growing properly.
Had it not been for the mobile treatment clinic stopping at the roadside to treat her and other passing donkeys, who knows what would have happened to this youngster, other than face a life of complete and unnecessary suffering. Thankfully, her feet were trimmed and Hesham now knows what he can do to keep his donkey healthy.
That's what is so important about our overseas work - these donkeys HAVE to work, so we must be there to help them by providing free treatments and helping the owners understand more about the care of their donkeys.