Brian, my husband, and I were lucky enough to be accepted as volunteers for a couple of weeks at El Refugio del Burrito in Fuente de Piedra, Spain during September 2008. As we drove north from Malaga we wondered what we were letting ourselves in for but we needn't have worried! As soon as we entered the gates of El Rufugio we felt at home!
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Percy is our donkey statue who used to stand in the visitor car park but now stands close to the alongside our visitors' centre. He was originally sculpted by Lizanne Kempsell, who trained as an animal sculptor at art college.
The sculpture is a replica of the original which was commissioned by Mrs Anne Misselbrook, and was a portrait of her driving donkey, Percy.
The original was displayed as part of Lizanne's final year graduate show at Edinburgh College of Art.
At lunchtime today, I thought I'd take a walk around the Sanctuary and for a while now, I've been meaning to head off to take new photos of what's around now that we've had a change of season. Already the leaves have begun to change colour, with a rich golden tinge to them. This is the time of year I most enjoy, because of the colour changes that we see each day.
A new foal has been born at the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary this month. She is the 10,000th donkey to be cared for by the charity in the UK since it started rescuing donkeys in 1969.
Francesca was born on 2nd October and she has recently been moved to 'Beach Boxes' at the Sanctuary so that visitors can meet her and her mother, Rosie.
Both myself and Andrew Trawford, Director of Veterinary Services here at the Sanctuary, attended the 2008 British Veterinary Association Congress held in London at the end of September, along with Dr Francisco Trigo, Director of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and Professor Merga Bekana, Dean of the Addis Ababa University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Debre Zeit.
We have recently been informed that a six week old female donkey foal has gone missing. Bobby-Jo was born on 31st August 2008 and has gone missing from her field in Walpole St Peter, Norfolk where she lived with her parents, Charlie and Fred.
Her owner, 82 year old Mr Brooks, went into hospital to have a hip replacement and some time on either the 8th or 9th October, 2008 she went missing. Both Mr Brooks and his wife are extremely distressed.