It is always extremely heart-warming to see two donkeys arrive at their new foster home knowing that they will have all the individual care and love of their foster owners but for Hettie and Bullseye it was extra special as their new home is Holmesdale Manor Nursery.
On the day the donkeys were being delivered there was great excitement among the children, even the torrential downpour couldn’t dampen their enthusiasm.
Both George and Little Lad didn’t have the best start in life and were both relinquished to The Donkey Sanctuary from separate welfare cases but look where they are now, in a fabulous foster home where they have become very much part of the family. Due to their unsettled start in life, they have needed a very delicate, patient and caring touch, which they have found in abundance from their foster owners.
You may have read my previous blog about the fabulous Enoch, the therapy foster donkey. Well his companion Jasper barely ever gets a look in as Enoch almost always steals the show and 14 year old Jasper is not usually as confident about getting peoples’ attention.
One day a small group of school girls from Amman Valley School in Carmarthenshire attended an animal care day with Ann who is Jasper’s foster owner. The day would give the girls a chance to learn about caring for donkeys, to gain confidence in handling donkeys and to begin to understand basic behaviour of donkeys.
This is Jenny, one of our older donkeys out on the rehoming scheme now in her 30's. Jenny's favourite toy is a treat ball that was a Christmas present. She spends lots of time pushing it around the paddock to release the goodies inside. Jenny is a happy much loved donkey and age is clearly not a barrier to a good quality of life in our foster homes!
Jenny sadly lost her companion some years ago. Sometimes when donkeys are older and have a lot of company and attention from people and other animals, they prefer to live alone rather than try to adjust to a new donkey.
Meet Bartley who recently joined Aidan at his new home in Devon. Bartley, as part of his preparations to join Aidan, required a routine clipping and bathing to ensure that he was lice-free before going into his new home. Bathing a donkey literally drowns any adult lice and another bath is given 2 weeks later to ensure that any eggs that may have hatched are also drowned.
Dillon and Gilbert arrived in their gorgeous new home last Monday and have very much made themselves at home!
The three year old donkeys made friends while in the Nursery Unit at The Donkey Sanctuary, and have been together ever since. The Donkey Sanctuary does have a no breeding policy so any foals born are born to mares who were already in foal when they were taken in or rescued.
Dillon and Gilbert are friendly and playful and their new foster parents adore them, indeed who could resist!
All my foster visits normally involve visiting donkeys and mules, but in this one foster home I get the pleasure in visiting a donkey called Tina and a sheep called Babe.
Twelve years ago Tina sadly lost her mother whilst in her foster home. Tina never got on very well with other donkeys apart from her mother so it was a worrying time after the loss of her mum that she would become very lonely.