What was once a hay storage building has now been converted into a spacious, delightful new home for donkeys. Due to the increasing number of donkeys waiting to come into our care, our farm managers urgently needed to make space for them. I followed the development of Kennel Barn and thoroughly enjoyed talking to the staff and seeing the hard work they’ve all put in. I’m the first to admit how naive I was, not realising the amount of work that needed to be done. From fitting the lights, electricity water and food troughs, to putting the gate posts in place with a rather interesting piece of equipment called a post bumper. Once the wood chip had arrived and the hay placed in the feed troughs, the beautiful Kennel Barn is now complete and home to 47 very happy donkeys!
I was lucky enough to film the donkeys arriving in their new home last week, and became so honoured and proud doing this. I was so happy and excited to see The Donkey Sanctuary van arrive and saw the donkeys run around their barn, kicking their back hooves in the air. After exploring their new home, they went straight to the feed trough which was a good sign as it showed that their journey wasn’t stressful for them. The donkeys originally came from the Republic of Ireland, which like many countries is suffering from the recession, resulting in a high number of donkeys needing our care.
I returned the next day to see how the donkeys were on their first night. They were stood at the fence waiting to see who was coming to visit them. The donkeys were comfortable and happy while I was filming, I kept being interrupted by Peg nudging me. I fell in love with Peg - she was so gentle and placid. I know where I’m going to walk on my lunch break, to see Peg and her friends in Kennel Barn. I hope you enjoy the short video clip I took of the donkeys arriving at their new home.