Many people visiting the Sanctuary would often see a familiar face down on the Main Yard... that face belonging to George, who at the age of 42, was the oldest resident donkey here at Slade House Farm.
Angela Harlow, one of our quality time volunteers, wrote in her blog "George has his own routine when on yard duty. He carefully checks each stable for any left-over food in the feed buckets - waste not, want not! He then circles the yard to check all the visitors are happy and then he parks himself by the gate and waits."
George was certainly a donkey with plenty of charisma and loved by all those who met him.
He often stood by the gate watching to see if any visitors had left the gate open for him to sneak through. His plans were always thwarted because never was the gate further up left open!
You couldn't say that George has had a bad life at the Sanctuary. He has spent 12 wonderful years with us and has touched the lives of so many visitors during that time.
With the average age of a donkey in the UK being around 27, George was living proof that donkeys can live to be over 40 years of age.
George has left us with so many good memories and gone to join Jubilee and Little Pippa over the Rainbow Bridge and all the other donkeys and mules who went before them.