Christmas and New Year can either be a feast or a famine for welfare calls. And just as New Year’s Day was quietly drawing to a close, I received a call to help two donkeys who had been abandoned in Co. Armagh, Ireland. The Police Service reported them wandering dangerously on the road and were concerned for their safety and for that of the public. They described the donkeys as 'in poverty and having been through the wars’.
On arrival I found two colt donkeys. One was painfully thin and malnourished. They had long hooves and were suffering from rain scald caused by exposure to bad weather. No doubt they had been out in the elements all winter.
It’s hard to believe that these very young donkeys were abandoned and left to fend for themselves at this symbolic time of year.
After no owner came forward, the donkeys were removed to the safety of The Donkey Sanctuary where they enjoyed tucking into fresh hay and straw and the luxury of a warm dry stable. We named them Shamrock and Clover.
Shamrock shows confidence, is inquisitive and keen to say hello while Clover remains hesitant and nervous. Both are sweet in their own unique ways.
Since their rescue they have received a full veterinary examination and have begun a comprehensive dental, worming and farrier programme and a feed management regime.
Thankfully The Donkey Sanctuary works around the clock 365 days a year to reach out to donkeys in need like Shamrock and Clover.