Bruce and Choco were relinquished by their owner early this year as she was busy with her job and moving home in the near future. She felt they weren't getting the attention they needed as much as she loved them dearly. When I visited I thought they were a super pair of donkeys that just needed their treatments bringing up to date and Choco to get a little bit more confident being caught.
When I first met Pie he was just two months old. His mum, Apple, and friends Rhubarb and Custard had to be rescued after they were found to be living in an unsuitable environment and suffering from the effects of having overgrown hooves. Donkey Welfare Adviser Sharon Shanks and I, worked with the RSPCA and Humberside Police to get the donkeys to a place of safety where they received all the treatment and care they needed.
Rhubarb came into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary in May last year with her friends Custard, Apple and Pie, after they were found living in an unsuitable environment and suffering from overgrown hooves.
Rhubarb required remedial farriery to address her long and misshapen hooves but she soon felt more comfortable and settled in her new home at our temporary holding base.
Well, remember the story of The Yorkshire Puddings - four donkeys called Rhubarb, Custard, Apple and Pie? A year ago our welfare team found these donkeys living in an unsuitable environment and in desperate need of farriery care. By working with the RSPCA, Minster Equine Vets and Humberside Police, we were able to rescue them and welcome them to the care of The Donkey Sanctuary.
As most of you will probably know, donkeys can live a long time. Sometimes they outlive their donkey friends, occasionally they can also outlive their human carers.
Let me introduce you to a very special foster donkey called Elijah. Sadly Elijah is no longer with us as he was put to sleep this year at the great age of 36.
I first met Elijah in 2003 when he was living in Hampshire with his elderly guardian carer. Sadly Mr Ewens passed away after a sudden illness and Elijah’s future suddenly became less certain.
I recently visited the donkeys in the New Forest and I thought I would update you on my most recent trip. We have a fantastic volunteer called Jill; having lived in the area for decades, Jill helps me navigate around the north and the south of the forest and has an amazing ability to seek out most of the donkeys, wherever they might be hiding from us.