When talking to my colleagues on the telephone, we all say the same – there is no let-up in demand for our services helping donkeys and Donkey Guardians out in the field.
I cover the North West and Derbyshire areas and have clocked up over 2,500 miles during October. Whilst putting my end of month figures together I broke down my work and found some very encouraging statistics. As well as seeing 32 current Guardian Homes throughout the area, I also saw 8 new potential homes, who will be Rehoming 16 more of our donkeys between them, creating much needed space for more donkeys in need that are still coming in, including 4 from my area that were signed over last month.
Several owners of donkeys have asked for help, including the lovely donkey whose coat was completely matted and despite brushing, wasn’t getting to his undercoat, so I asked a team member from our Donkey Assisted Therapy Centre in Manchester if she could come and clip some of the mats out, which Robina willingly did. The donkey ended up getting completely clipped out to reveal a heavy infestation of lice, so after bathing him and giving lots more advice, Robina left with a sizeable donation for The Donkey Sanctuary. The donkey was left with two second-hand rugs to keep him warm and snug over the winter.
I also organised a very successful “Donkey Evening” at Oakhill Vets in Preston, the event was full to capacity with donkey owners and several people on a reserve list in case of cancellations. Our Vet Anna Harrison captivated her audience with a fabulous presentation on “Donkeys are Different”, Top Spec provided a super raffle prize of a bag of Donkey Forage Balancer, goodie bags to all attendees and further food for thought on donkey nutrition with their presentation. Oakhills own Vet Leona Bramall also gave lots of information about Cushings and Laminitis. Our Community Fundraiser Jo MacRae came along and sold Donkey Sanctuary goodies, raffle tickets and took donations.
Another eye opening day for me was attending a British Horse Society “Castration Day”. In collaboration with several welfare agencies including the British Horse Society, RSPCA, World Horse Welfare, Redwings and Blue Cross, plus many other professionals including Vets, a Farrier, Vet Nurses, Vet students and others extending their expertise to people bringing their stallions and colts in to leave as geldings.
I know we make a difference to so many donkeys’ lives, both in the UK and overseas, my piece in the overall jigsaw is just a corner piece but so worth it.