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The battle for donkey welfare continues

When we first found Skip, he was so thin all the bones of his skeleton could be felt through his thick, wet winter coat. He was weak, dull and reluctant to eat.

He and a number of other donkeys lived in an allotment-sized paddock which had become so poached there was nothing but mud under hoof.

The living environment was littered with hazards and rubbish, and the only food available was old, rotting and unappetising.

Skip and Jack arrived at the equine hospital

Saving Sally from squalor

Sally, the mule, is now living at our Town Barton Farm, where she is free to relax, play and roam safely in the company of her new friend Pilgrim. Sadly life had not always been this way for Sally.

When I first met her, she was living in what can only be described as squalor, she was stood in thick mud, with no food, water or clean resting area. The environment she roamed in was full of hazards which could have caused her serious injury.

Sally in the care of The Donkey Sanctuary

Justice for Jenny and friends

As welfare advisers we are often called to situations where donkey welfare is far from ideal, but occasionally there are times when your heart just sinks with sadness. Jenny’s story was one of those occasions. Jenny was an aged mare who had spent most of her life being sold from one person to the next.

Jenny at the time of relinquishment

Firm friends Ginny and Mini fight for a future together

We often talk about the importance of a providing an environment that allows donkeys to express their natural behaviour and our visitors enjoy watching the relationships between our donkeys and their friends. Whether they are running through the fields, playing with toys or interacting with each other, we love to see donkeys doing what they do. Not only is it entertaining, providing donkeys with the opportunity to behave freely is highly beneficial to their welfare.

Ginny and Mini

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