Two fit and healthy donkeys have been rescued from slaughter by The Donkey Sanctuary after the abattoir alerted the charity and asked for their help.
Jack and Sam, 10 and 5, were rescued after an abattoir appealed to The Donkey Sanctuary saying it was reluctant to destroy such young and healthy animals. It is the first time a slaughterhouse has ever appealed to The Donkey Sanctuary for help, and the charity was glad to be asked to intervene and to save their lives.
After the tip off by the abattoir the donkeys’ owners agreed to relinquish their animals into The Donkey Sanctuary’s care where they now have a home for life.
It is not known where their meat would have been destined for.
The donkeys were unwanted since their owners wanted to use their land, in Wales, for other things.
Donkey Welfare Advisor Tamlin Watson said she was thankful the abattoir called The Donkey Sanctuary for help.
She said: “We took a call from an abattoir concerned that they had been asked to dispose of two such young healthy animals. Thankfully we managed to talk their owners into signing them over to us and they are now safe in our care.
“It’s sad the owners didn’t want them and just wanted to get rid of them but we’re very grateful to the abattoir for contacting us rather than destroying such fit and healthy animals with so much life ahead of them and so much love to give. They’re very sweet and gentle and could make great family pets in the future through our foster scheme.”
Jack and Sam were rescued in Wales and taken to our headquarters in Sidmouth, Devon. They may be considered for fostering to a private home in future.
For more info visit www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/foster-a-donkey