I’m just back from a visit to a fantastic foster home where donkeys and humans are forging amazing bonds.
Cormac and James have been fostered to a college in Staffordshire since April. The residential college caters for girls from disadvantaged backgrounds and with emotional difficulties.
Not only are the donkeys a real hit as part of the girls’ education and rehabilitation, but as always, the donkeys themselves respond so well to troubled souls.
Manager Peter Southall who takes care of the donkeys and co-ordinates the girls’ work with them has formed a strong bond with the boys and loves seeing them revel in the attention they receive.
It’s brilliant to see the donkeys thriving on such interaction and to see the students responding and developing in such a positive way and gaining so much confidence. I would be delighted to find more ‘active’ homes such as prisons, schools, colleges and other institutions to place our foster donkeys.