George is 19 years old and is now one of our much loved foster donkeys. Before becoming a foster donkey George only had horses for company but when they went his owner, Betty, asked if she could relinquish George to the Sanctuary to secure his future. This was done and then Dillon came to join him from our holding base at Buxton. They remained with Betty for 10 years.
Betty was suffering badly from arthritis and heart problems and with a very heavy heart she decided she could no longer take care of them. The Sanctuary asked Margaret, a previous welfare officer and first class foster owner to take them temporarily as she lived so close to Betty. Of course the donkeys stayed with her and George has been there 7 years now. When Dillon died last year Annie and Bridget came from Sidmouth to join George and they have become a very happy little trio. Although George is a Sanctuary donkey he has never been to the Sanctuary!
Betty has visited George regularly but her health is now failing and she has severe mobility problems and has had to move into a Care Home. For her birthday a few friends and fellow foster owners arranged for her to go to Margaret’s for afternoon tea. Betty, due to failing health was unable to make it to the stable to see George this time which she was terribly sad about. So Margaret, with the help of another of our wonderful foster owners led George up to the house and waited to see if he would be brave (something George wasn’t renowned for) and step into Margaret’s home where Betty was patiently sitting in the kitchen. George must have known Betty was there as he took a deep breath and strode into the kitchen and straight up to Betty for a big hug where he stayed for a long time. On his way back out to the stable George did of course have his eyes firmly on the plate of scones on the table and tried to take a swipe!
Our rehoming scheme makes such a difference to donkeys and people, if you are interested in giving a caring loving home to two of our donkeys (or more if you have the space) please do get in touch.