Pupils at a large residential school in Romania have helped design new stables especially for two donkeys who have come to live with them as part of a new donkey-assisted therapy project by The Donkey Sanctuary.
The programme will see two donkeys used for riding therapy, petting and animal care, in a school for disadvantaged pupils and orphans.
The pupils helped design and build the stables especially and are thrilled the donkeys are on site.
Andrew Judge, head of The Donkey Sanctuary’s European operations, said: “I’m delighted to be launching this new project to help 99 pupils. We know that caring for and interacting with donkeys really helps children benefit emotionally and physically. So we can’t wait to see an improvement once the donkeys and children get to know each other.
“It’s been a fantastic start – the children are so excited about having the donkeys around and put so much effort into getting the stables ready especially for them. Now that Sile and Remy, the donkeys, have arrived this week, the pupils will be learning about their care during the winter before beginning riding therapy in the spring, under the guidance of our experts.”
This new project in Bradet is The Donkey Sanctuary’s third in Romania. The others are outreach projects running from the charity’s rescue base in Cernavoda.
The Donkey Sanctuary has been working in Romania since 2007. Since then it has rescued scores of donkeys and mules and currently has 61 in its care. Some of these rescued donkeys who make a full recovery may go on to be used in therapy projects.