Our Donkey Assisted Therapy programme brings people and donkeys together here in the UK, in Europe and in the developing world, and provides vulnerable people with opportunities for emotional connection, social interaction, communication and confidence-building. A large number of the donkeys involved in these activities have been rescued from terrible lives or circumstances.
Now safe in our care, they have gone on to become wonderful teachers and helpers to human beings facing particular physical, mental and emotional challenges. When we look at donkeys carefully, we can often see how they feel, and when they look at us they see how we feel, too. In these moments transformative experiences between donkeys and people can happen.
There is no better demonstration of this magic than Bluto, one of the rescued donkeys at our Italian Sanctuary, sharing a special moment with a resident of a nearby care home. Bluto absolutely loves spending time with the residents, as they do with him. But don’t take our word for it…just look at these photos.