One of my foster homes is celebrating a year since their two foster donkeys arrived as a lovely Christmas present last Christmas Eve.
Dominick and Jools were part of a group of donkeys rescued in Northern Ireland in 2011 in a large-scale rescue of 66 horses and donkeys. Poor Dominick was just one year old at the time of rescue and Jools just three. Their owners have since been jailed for animal abuse.
But now Dominick and Jools are the centre of family life at their home in Betchworth in Surrey.
"It’s hard to imagine how life was without them", say their foster owners Mr and Mrs Winter. "They are loved by all who know them and by anyone who comes to visit. They’ve settled in so well they would even like to go and live in the house with them given the chance and the best part about getting up in the morning is hearing them braying and seeing their expectant faces as they know breakfast will soon be served!"
"Dominick, 4, and Jools, 7, are so trusting and innocent that it’s hard to imagine anyone betraying their trust", say the Winters, "but they’re just happy they were rescued and given a second chance at life with The Donkey Sanctuary and with their foster home in Surrey."
"The boys are just gearing up to star in their first Nativity. Everyone is so proud and looking forward to seeing how they get on and seeing their individual characters shine through!"
It’s such a fantastic part of my job seeing donkeys rescued from horrible circumstances and given a second chance at life. If you would like to experience the joy a pair of donkeys can bring visit our fostering section of our website.