A farmer in the Highlands of Scotland got an unexpected surprise recently. On checking his cattle herd there were two large stallion donkeys. Thinking they had maybe strayed he asked around but no one knew where the donkeys had come from.
The farmer phoned the Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) who subsequently contacted The Donkey Sanctuary and asked if we would be able to help. The donkeys were not keen to be caught, but with a little help the farmer was able to load them onto his trailer and arrangements were made to meet at the local livestock market to transfer them safely onto the Sanctuary trailer. With the help of two SSPCA Officers and a World Horse Welfare Officer assisting the donkeys, they were successfully moved onto our trailer.
Both donkeys are now happily settled in the holding base in North Scotland where they will receive farrier and veterinary treatment. As the donkeys had no names it was decided to name them after the SSPCA Officers, so for Andy and Ross the future is certainly looking brighter.
In November we welcomed Andy and Ross into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary and introduced them to their new donkey friends at Woods Farm.