One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is assisting with the transformation of a donkey’s life from relinquishment through the stages of care and training to eventual placement in a foster home. In essence these donkey are getting a ‘second chance’ at life, allowing them to fulfil their full potential with a loving and caring foster family.
I was delighted when Patch and Jambo, two recently relinquished donkeys, were deemed suitable to be considered for the foster scheme. Both donkeys came into the Sanctuary’s care for different reasons.
Patch in particular had a sorry start to his life having been abandoned at only a year old. He had a poor body condition and had long neglected hooves. With TLC, dedicated management and care Patch began to bloom and soon paired up with another relinquished donkey called Jambo.
Jambo was relinquished at the tender age of 6 months to the Sanctuary and it was not long before Patch took him under his caring guidance and the two becoming firm friends.
All necessary veterinary checks were carried out over the ensuing weeks and the more I handled the two donkeys the more I was impressed by their kindness and quiet disposition. They enjoyed human company and proved to be incredibly easy to work with.
When The Steen family applied to foster donkeys and attended their Donkey Care Training Course they immediately bonded with the friendly Patch and Jambo. The donkeys didn’t put a foot wrong when handled by the Steens and behaved impeccably when interacting with young Isla and Annabelle Steen.
These young donkeys had proved themselves to display all the manners befitting foster donkeys. I was very proud of them. Good boys indeed!
A few further necessary checks were carried out before Patch and Jambo were given the all clear to travel to their new foster home. Excitedly on Sunday past, I travelled these two wonderful donkeys to their new adventure and their new family.
I was delighted that they have found this home as I know that they will be incredibly well looked after by the Steens, and that the Steens in return will enjoy many years of fun and enjoyment with them.