One of the great things about being a Donkey Welfare Adviser is being able to directly re-home donkeys - that is - from one home to another. Not all donkeys relinquished in the South Scotland area to the Sanctuary are whisked off to Devon. In fact, very few are.
The Donkey Welfare Adviser is the ‘front line’ of the organisation and is the person who takes charge of the relinquishment and the assessment as to whether the donkeys are suitable for rehoming.
One fabulous example of this happening in Scotland was with two lovely geldings - Rabbie and Gus. The owners were getting up in years and not quite so fit to give the animals the attention they were used to. So, in my capacity as I Donkey Welfare Adviser sent off to relinquish the 2 boys. They came to my yard, were vetted, checked by the farrier, deemed suitable for rehoming and set off to a new life in another part of Scotland.
On my twice yearly visit to Rabbie and Gus my welcome is second to none. Over a cup of tea and a piece of home-made cake I hear about the escapades of the 2 boys.
“Into everything they are supposed and not supposed to be.”
“Worth waiting for.”
“More regular than the town clock.”
“We just love them.”
“The wee lad in the cottage spends time with them every day after school and weekends.”
Then it’s out to see the boys. Each time they are waiting at the gate, shining coats, well-trimmed hooves and sparkling eyes - just wondering what to get up to next. Their stable is spotless, paddock well managed and they are easy for me to handle. There are toys in their stable and field and I hear their preference is the old welly boot.
Rabbie and Gus have landed on their eight little hooves, loved to bits, well in to their routine and the home owners are safe in the knowledge that the skills and expertise of The Donkey Sanctuary is only a telephone call away.