International animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary is closing its Vouni site and moving 43 rescued donkeys to a newly-formed Holding Base.
Land at the organisation’s soon-to-be closed Vouni site had deteriorated badly over the years through erosion and the situation was becoming unsuitable for the charity’s rescued donkeys. More than 70% of the donkeys are between 20 and 40 years old and many have arthritis and other age-related health problems. The new Holding Base has significantly flatter land, larger paddocks and spacious barns which are much better for the donkey’s health.
Judy Welsman of The Donkey Sanctuary (Cyprus), says: “As well as erosion, the annual threat of fire is also a factor in the decision to close our Vouni site. Fire threatens the sanctuary almost every year and last month, the fire at Vouni hit the sanctuary causing approximately €100,000 worth of damage to barns, fencing, feed and equipment. All donkeys were safely evacuated but had to wait until the following day before they could be returned to their paddocks after the fire was put out and temporary repairs had been made.
“The new Holding Base is an improvement on the facilities we can give our donkeys and brings the total number of Holding Bases that the charity operates in Cyprus to three and we’re looking forward to moving our donkeys to their new home around mid October this year.”
This new site means that the charity now operates three Holding Bases in the country and, although they are not open to the public, The Donkey Sanctuary continues to operate in Cyprus, providing life-long care to rescued and unwanted donkeys and operating an outreach programme which helps working donkeys on the island.
Also, from 1st November the new contact address for The Donkey Sanctuary (Cyprus) will be:
The Donkey Sanctuary (Cyprus)
30B, Agiou Panteleimona Street, 4715 Kivides Village, Limassol, Cyprus