The feature of The Donkey Sanctuary’s work which I’ve always found the most inspiring is their work with working equids, improving the lives of those dependent upon them financially, and giving a quality of life and security of health to these hard-working “beasts of burden”. In Spain, I have had the pleasure of exploring another side of their work; sanctuary work. Dona Rosa is the larger of the two Sanctuaries in Spain. Whilst it is always difficult to hear stories of abuse, I am astounded once more by the work of The Donkey Sanctuary in alleviating suffering in animals.
Most tourists visit Bahir Dar for its setting on the southern shores of Lake Tana, the largest lake in Ethiopia and the source of the Blue Nile, and because the town makes for a convenient base to explore the monasteries and churches on the lake’s islands and shores. I’ve chosen instead to spend a few days observing the incredible work of The Donkey Sanctuary Ethiopia (DSE).
"We love our donkeys so much; what can we do to show our love for them? We want to do more."
For a donkey welfare adviser to be asked this from a Donkey Guardian about their rehomed donkeys is the best question of all.
A hug may be your first response - and yes, they do love a hug and a scratch - but donkeys need so much more than being shown a human form of love.
How about enrichment, stimulation and understanding? These are all key parts to fulfilling a donkey’s life.