Earlier this year I wrote ‘A Story of Collaboration’, giving Donkey Sanctuary supporters an insight into two of my amazing Guardian Homes and the special kind of enrichment they do to keep their mules and donkeys happy, healthy and stimulated. After my recent visit I got an email from Lesley with a very proud update about one of her amazing mules, Milo.
As a Donkey Welfare Adviser I enjoy meeting some wonderful donkeys and the fabulous Donkey Guardians who Rehome them. Experienced as I am, even I was very surprised to receive a letter from three of our rehomed donkeys, Florence, Adele and Snowflake! Their Donkey Guardians Rachel and Mike must have been very busy with their training indeed...
I just thought I would drop you a line to say a big ‘Thank You’ on behalf of myself and my sisters, Adele and Snowflake.
A couple of weeks ago I set off with one of my donkeys, Seonaid, to represent The Donkey Sanctuary once again. This time as a surprise guest at the wedding of Scott and Laura.
Laura has been ‘mad about donkeys’ since she was a child and a follower of The Donkey Sanctuary for a long time. Scott thought it would be a lovely surprise for his bride to have a donkey come to their wedding. So, he contacted me over a year ago to make all the arrangements.
Mary Arden’s Farm, situated near Stratford-upon-Avon, is the family home of Shakespeare’s mother cared for by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and operated as a working organic Tudor farm where visitors can explore the farmyard and historic buildings, watch falconry demonstrations, take part in traditional rural crafts and enjoy the children's playground. It is also home to two of our re-homed donkeys called Ben and Bill.
Every year Ely Cathedral hold a 'Celebration of Animals' which is a service of thanksgiving and blessing for pets and working animals. They give a quarter of the collection raised to The Donkey Sanctuary and every year donkeys are represented in the animals attending. The Service is taken by Canon Victoria Johnson who is ably assisted by her dog, Percy. This year we met dogs from the Military, Pets as Therapy, the Police and of course, Marley and Midnight, the donkeys.
Yet again, my donkey, Seonaid took up the role of Ambassador for The Donkey Sanctuary. Never one to turn down a challenge, when The Donkey Sanctuary Birmingham contacted us we jumped straight into action.
Marjory’s family approached The Donkey Sanctuary to find out if there was the possibility of a donkey attending her 100th birthday party in Tullibody, Clackmannanshire. And, indeed, the answer was yes.