Little Lad did not have a great start in life; five years ago he was born into a world of neglect and uncertainty. The Donkey Sanctuary Welfare team and Vets worked hard with the RSPCA, who successfully seized Little Lad and his friends from sub-zero temperatures and deep snow so they were able to come into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary.
On arrival Little Lad was still clearly traumatised and this is when he received the caring and loving touch of our founder Dr Svendsen. The affectionate and gentle touch she gave him must have seemed a world apart from what he had been used too.
From this moment Little Lad's confidence and trust began to grow and with the patience and dedication he received from his grooms he grew in character each day.
Little Lad soon made best friends with a donkey called George, who was also brought into The Donkey Sanctuary due to his welfare.
These two boys are now living with their new foster family who show them such love and care and it is so humbling to witness, they are truly part of the family. From an uncertain beginning to a humble end for Little Lad and George.
My fellow Donkey Welfare Advisor Pam Moon told me: “When I saw the photo of Little Lad in his foster home I couldn’t believe this was the same skeletal little donkey that made such a huge impact on the day he was taken out of those appalling conditions into our care”.
The loving foster owners Sam and Khush added: "We feel honoured and privileged to have been chosen to look after these two very special donkeys.
"We are not sure who gets more out of it them or us. They bring us amazing joy and show character and affection every day. Little Lad and George are inseparable and have accepted us and our four cats as their new family - it's overwhelming."