Last month, The Donkey Sanctuary's Romanian project welcomed a visit from the British Ambassador to Romania, Paul Brummell. This was the first visit of the diplomat successor of Martin Harris, who opened the facility in 2012 together with his Italian counterpart Mario Cospito.
On Wednesday 28 October the British Ambassador to Romania visited Footprints of Joy, shelter for dogs, donkeys and horses. In Romania The Donkey Sanctuary works in partnership with Save the Dogs and Other Animals, to provide rescue and permanent refuge to donkeys and mules in desperate need.
The Ambassador spent 1 hour and 20 minutes at the shelter and he felt impressed by the facility. The visit took place in the presence of local authorities and representatives of the Department of Veterinary of Constanta and the atmosphere was fantastic.
During his visit, the Ambassador toured the shelter visiting its many residents. The visit ended with a demonstration of a donkey assisted riding therapy session.
Paul Brummell, British Ambassador to Romania said: “The donkey assisted riding programme is great since it helps both abandoned donkeys and children. I just had the opportunity to meet a child who benefits from these sessions: last spring she was not able to speak while now she pronounces many words. She seems really happy in the company of the donkey.”
Filippo Agostino, Director of Save the Dogs said: “It was an honour to have welcomed his Excellency Ambassador Paul Brummell. This is undoubtedly the recognition of the quality work done by our association over the past 13 years and the signal of the strong bond between us and our British partners Dogs Trust and The Donkey Sanctuary, with whom we promote projects in favour of companion animals and equines in Romania.”