Help donkeys like Leonidas this Christmas who was rescued in Greece by the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary. He now has a sanctuary for life and the charity needs donations to help provide his and other donkeys' care.
The 25-year old donkey had been abandoned and was found wandering the streets close by the Sanctuary's small rescue centre in Trikala, in the Thessaly region of central Greece, this October.
Leonidas was suffering with long feet and a painfully tight chain halter, which had caused severe wounds under his chin and on his nose.
He is now cared for at the rescue centre in Greece and is making a good recovery. The centre provides permanent care to neglected and unwanted donkeys and has 35 donkeys currently in its care.
Paul Svendsen, who runs the charity's European operations, says: "We started providing refuge to donkeys outside of the UK in 2002 and demand has been such that we have since established rescue centres in Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
"We need to raise funds towards the costs of caring for donkeys at our Greek centre, where Leonidas now lives and providing their care, including the provision of food and shelter; costs our charity €6 (£5.60) per donkey, per day. It's a huge commitment, but one that can't be ignored, and many donkeys can be saved from an otherwise miserable life."
The Donkey Sanctuary's holding base in Greece currently has a capacity for 30 donkeys, perhaps 40 next year if the charity can find and raise funds for additional land. The donkeys receive permanent refuge once signed over to the Sanctuary and are never sold - they each have a Sanctuary for life.
Other donkeys living at the Greek rescue centre include Marika and Vasoula, who have both made full recoveries:
Marika arrived in December 2006 and is now in her 30s. She was abandoned because she had a stiff neck, which prevented her for being able to move her head up or sideways. It turned out she had a broken vertebrae. She was also suffering with severe fly bites and hair loss all over her body.
Vasoula arrived in August 2008. She had been found wandering in a stream on the side of a busy road. It turned out she was blind in one eye. She would kick out at anyone approaching her and it has taken some time for her to trust the Sanctuary's staff.