As Welfare Advisers we spend much of our time on the road helping people improve the welfare of their donkeys, whether it be giving nutritional advice, providing behavioural support or helping owners make difficult decisions about their donkeys future, our role is based around doing our best for donkeys in a wide variety of circumstances. Sometimes we are called to help in emergency situations and need to be able to respond swiftly.
Here is where the newest member of our team comes in! You see, a lot of thought goes into planning our lorry driver's schedules for the coming week.
Our admissions team work flat out juggling the collection of donkeys coming into our care, deliveries of those going to enjoy their new lives at Guardian Homes and movements of donkeys on our farms.
So you can imagine the re-organisation needed when we put a spanner in the works by asking for a lorry at the other end of country and pronto! With the huge distances involved it isn't always possible for our lorries to attend so we often use local transporters to help us out, but of course there are times when they are busy too.
So who is this mysterious new team member? Meet DAN. DAN was donated to us by a lovely couple called Denise and Nick (hence the name!) who wanted to say thank you for the support we have shown them. They have gifted us a trailer which can be used by the welfare team out in the field. DAN had only been with us for three days before he had his first job! Luckily it was just enough time for him to have a full service and new number plate before he was needed for an urgent collection of two donkeys who were struggling to maintain body condition in the cold winter weather.
Thanks to the support of our emergency holding base who were able to bring DAN to us, we managed to transport the donkeys to a warm, dry stable before they had to face another weekend of sub-zero temperatures. A good job well done & if DAN's first week is anything to go by, he will be an incredibly useful asset for our team for years to come.
The truth of the matter is that we are only able to continue to provide support to donkeys in our communities thanks to many different cogs helping to keep the wheels turning. We sometimes feel quite lonely, spending a lot of time driving from one job to the next, but we are very lucky to have the support of so many people who make our work possible. Huge thank you to Denise and Nick for your generosity, you have already helped change the lives of two donkeys for the better. There's more on their story to follow....