Our Welfare Adviser in Northern Ireland, Jane Bruce, had a sinking feeling in her stomach as she entered a dilapidated warehouse, kicking aside empty cans and rubbish in search of two stray donkeys.
Her heart leapt when she spotted the two donkeys huddled together. “Their big eyes met mine with the same element of shock. They were visibly nervous but allowed me to get close enough to assess their condition. Both were stallions, one mature and the other barely two years old.”
“Swift arrangements were made to have the donkeys, whom we named Finn and Sullivan, removed and taken to the safety of our holding base. It was a shock for these donkeys to find themselves in a warm stable.”
Finn, whose hooves were long and twisted, fell ill with a stress-related condition, but with constant supervision, the right treatment from our vets, and the help of his friend Sullivan, who was a constant companion through his illness, Finn made a good recovery.