Earlier this year a 12-year-old stallion donkey was found abandoned in Derry, Northern Ireland.
He was in a neglected state, with overgrown hooves that made walking difficult.
Following a 14-day appeal by Derry and Strabane District Council, no owner came forward to claim him.
His future hung in the balance when the judge presiding over the case gave permission for the donkey to be euthanised if a new home could not be found.
Thankfully, the local council’s animal welfare division contacted us, and our team in Northern Ireland stepped in to secure his future.
He was aptly named Lucky and has undergone veterinary and farriery attention for his hooves, which has made a significant difference.
Lucky has a sweet disposition but he is nervous, and staff at our sanctuary have begun the long process of encouraging him to trust humans again.
His situation is improving every day and we hope in time that Lucky will regain enough confidence to join our Rehoming Scheme. But there is a long road ahead...