I’ve been surrounded by donkeys my whole life and I’ve worked at The Donkey Sanctuary for 21 years. You would think I was used to seeing suffering at first hand, but I’m as emotional as my granny, Dr Elisabeth Svendsen (our founder), when it comes to donkeys — or any other animal, for that matter.
Timmy and Tommy, Lucky, Jasmin… they’re all donkeys I’m relieved to say we’ve rescued this year. I’m so happy they’re safe — and it’s all thanks to your support. But millions are still at risk.
At times it can feel overwhelming to think of just how many problems donkeys face in the world, but this charity is working hard, everywhere, to put things right for them.
These sentient beings have so much to offer. No one knows this more than little Millie, not much younger than my own son, who has been helped through tough times thanks to the donkeys.
Thanks to donkeys, I have the opportunity to write to you all, too. I’ve got to know many of you over the years and this is perhaps what grounds me the most — your love of donkeys and support for this charity.
I’m glad we have special events like memorial day and Candlelight to remember amazing people who are no longer with us, but who made such a difference to donkeys in their lifetime — people like Arnold, Sarah, and Vera.
Past and present, you all help us believe we can achieve our vision, and you keep us strong so that we can deal with whatever life throws at the donkeys.
Thank you all.
Head of Communications
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