It’s always a joy to see Foster Donkeys in loving homes living stimulating and fulfilled lives. Terry and Wellington live in a fabulous foster home with Hettie and Bob in Dorset. Terry and Wellington, known to many as “The Angels” scattered donkey happiness at an Easter service and also visited a Retirement home, bringing joy to all the residents. Its humbling to see donkeys in foster homes where they are able to share their donkey magic with others to promote well-being for all.
Hettie explained to me:
“A typical outing for The Angels would be a leisurely stroll around the heath, pausing here and there for a munch on the gorse, the odd encounter with a deer, chatting to villagers and then a stop at the local pub to be admired and fussed by customers. So to expect them to cope with a ride in a horse box (their first for over 7 years), be surrounded by children, walk through a busy village constantly stopping to be patted, and then navigate round wheelchairs and elderly residents at the local Nursing Home was a big ask.
"I cannot tell you how proud I was of the way they handled the whole afternoon in their usual laid back way, and at the nursing home particularly they seemed to sense that they had to be extra gentle with the frail hands that reached out to touch them. Both Bob and I found it a very moving and rewarding experience. So many people came up to thanks us for ‘making their day’ and I know how lucky we are, because that is what they do for us every day rain or shine.
"Fostering donkeys is a serious commitment but if you can do it the rewards are immeasurable.”