For anyone who has ever been lucky enough to come into contact with a donkey you will understand just how difficult it is to walk past without stopping to give them a cuddle. The softness of their muzzles and their deep brown eyes are enough to melt anyone's heart. The problem lies when you times that by 388 - the number of donkeys we have here at Paccombe Farm - we would never get any work done.
So around 4 years ago the Sanctuary set up a pilot scheme where volunteers could donate their time and come along to one of our seven farms and spend valuable time giving donkeys what they crave the most... cuddles!
The response was amazing and the trial went so well that it was renamed and the Quality Time Volunteer (QTV) scheme was born.
At Paccombe Farm we have 10 regular QTVs who devote their free time to the donkeys. In the past 12 months they have given our donkeys an astronimical 998.5 hours of quality attention.
We would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to not only the QTVs at Paccombe Farm but everyone who has donated their spare time into making the Sanctuary a more enjoyable place to live for all our donkeys and mules... somewhere in the region of 2,600 now!