Ted and Sunshine were given a lovely life in a country idyll with Annette Williams and her friends. The donkeys lived on the ladies' smallholding helping complete their own Lancashire version of The Good Life.
But sadly after three joyous years Sunshine and Ted’s foster owners could no longer care for them due to ill health and decided to return them to the Sanctuary. But as they are two such special donkeys and so used to receiving individual attention and thriving in a foster home I did everything could to find a new foster home for them in the area.
So I was delighted that St Michaels School in Crosby, Liverpool, enquired about having two foster donkeys at their school farm and that Sunshine and Ted seemed to be the perfect fit.
The boys had a medical assessment and passed with flying colours. The school followed The Donkey Sanctuary’s recommendations for stabling and a donkey paddock and three staff members completed the Stage 1 training.
All that remained was for Sunshine and Ted to move in. When the day dawned they were greeted by a very excited group of school staff and pupils.
Sunshine and Ted are doing very well on our fostering scheme. They’ve made two homes very happy. They’ve settled well into their new environment and I look forward to working with the school offering further education on donkey care to lots of their pupils.