The roaming donkey population in Grand Turk, Salt Cay and South Caicos will be under control as a result of excellent relations between the UK-based Donkey Sanctuary, Government Officials of Turks and Caicos and the TCSPCA.
Donkeys had been causing a nuisance on these islands due to high levels of breeding but since The Donkey Sanctuary charity has collaborated with the Department of Environmental Health and the TCSPCA, a full neutering programme has been put in place and plans are now underway to move donkeys to the Dominican Republic to help local families.
Andrew Trawford, the charity’s Director of Veterinary Services, says: “As a result of my recent visit in June to carry out a breeding control programme, a good relationship with local officials in the Department of Environment has led to a proposal to move animals from these islands to a new life in a welcoming country, the Dominican Republic.
“To this end, officials from the Dominican Republic have visited Dr Peters, the Government Vet, and assured him that they are in agreement with The Donkey Sanctuary providing training in donkey care and welfare to the recipient farmers on their island. Together with Dr Peters, The Donkey Sanctuary will also provide training for these semi-feral donkeys to make sure they leave the island nearer to a domesticated state.
“This mirrors exactly the programme that was initiated by The Donkey Sanctuary some years ago to send donkeys to Jamaica and the programme has been a complete success, as the 50 donkeys live happily in a working environment in the cool western hills of the island.”
The project has been helped along by Air Turks & Caicos who have kindly provided complimentary air transportation for visiting vets from The Donkey Sanctuary.