As you may have read in previous blogs, The Donkey Sanctuary has a superb rehoming scheme, whereby suitable homes are matched with donkeys from us and receive all the support and help they need for the lives of the donkeys in their care.
Sadly, sometimes circumstances change and the homes can no longer care for our donkeys, so we have to consider the best options for them and whether it is more appropriate to take the donkeys back to one of our farms, or to move them to another super home.
Gill has cared for several of our donkeys over many, many years, and she recognised when her old boy Lincoln was struggling that his pal Jessie would be left on his own one day, so Gill made the very commendable decision to take on a third donkey so that the arrival of Flash meant that the three lads could form a lovely little herd. Sadly the day did come when Lincoln's health worsened and Gill, Flash and Jessie had to say goodbye to him and, although all were sad to see him go, he was surrounded by love.
Gill acknowledged that her own health meant that she was beginning to struggle to care for her donkeys and wondered if they would benefit from moving to a new home while they were still young.
We have a superb donkey home nearby, Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary at Ramsbottom, that already has some of our donkeys, so they were approached to see if they could take on two more, they were delighted to accept Jessie and Flash and although Gill misses her lads, she is more than happy to be able to keep updated with the boys progress and settling in.
The photo shows Jessie and Flash obviously very settled in their new home and hope they bring as much pleasure to Bleakholt and all their visitors as they did to Gill and her family.