So often in my role as a Donkey Welfare Adviser I deal with donkeys that are not cared for as we would wish and need of our help, but not this week. What joy it has been to see the smiles of delight on two new families’ faces as they are joined by their new family members.
Last week Fiona and Jake and their two young children came to The Donkey Sanctuary to meet Leo and Brady in the hope that they would all get on. I was keen for the children to meet the donkeys and see the reactions on both sides. I think I can safely say that it was love at first sight and the lovely quiet Leo and Brady soon made friends with all concerned. I was bowled over by Brady who had to be subjected to my numerous lipstick kisses on his muzzle. My Guardian homes know that my trademark is to leave a lipstick print on their donkeys’ soft muzzles after I have completed their inspection. I have tried to claim back the cost of many lipsticks on expenses but they have been refused, I can’t think why? As the donkeys had given their seal of approval, transport was arranged for the donkeys to be delivered to their new home for the end of the week.
Whilst I was at the farm I saw two other young geldings who I learned were waiting for the right home. Mojo and Wilfred needed to go to an experienced home as Mojo was still slightly anxious with new people. I spoke to the grooms and told them I had the perfect home ready and waiting for their donkeys.
By luck Sue and Andrew were coming to The Donkey Sanctuary on Friday to attend the second training course available to all donkey owners. All prospective guardians are asked to attend a Stage 1 course as part of their preparations to have donkeys. I contacted Carole in the office and so it was arranged for Sue and Andrew to meet Mojo and Wilfred.
Needless to say the meeting went well and after their medical checks, the boys were due to travel to West Devon a few days later. It was such good luck that I happened to be in the right place at the right time!
This is the best part of the job, seeing all the hard work people carry out to build stables, lay hardstanding, mend or install secure fencing come together, all in readiness to give a home to a pair of donkeys from the Sanctuary. Mojo and Wilfred are now settled into their new home and it certainly has paid off for Mojo as he is becoming more confident each day. To suit their Scottish provenance, both have been renamed Hector and Brodie. Fine names for the fine boys.
Thank you to both of these wonderful homes and to all of you who offer a home to our donkeys. It gives the donkeys the chance of a loving one to one home and of course frees up space for those donkeys not so lucky as Leo, Brady, Wilfred and Mojo.
If you are interested in rehoming a pair of donkeys and feel you have the time and dedication to give, please get in touch.