In 1983 a donkey was born.
18 years later, life had made him a lonely soul, uncertain of his future and looking for love. When I came across Ben 12 years ago he desperately needed help. I eventually contacted The Donkey Sanctuary and they welcomed him with open arms. He was taken to Slade Farm and kept in quarantine for 6 weeks until he was eventually placed at Paccombe Farm.
With the Sanctuary’s love and care Ben has transformed into the loving, giving creature he is today.
My feelings of uncertainty about Ben losing his identity amongst the other 5,000 plus donkeys were quickly allayed by the staffs’ caring and reassuring attitude.
Although I never met Dr Svendsen, I and countless other kindred spirits have been inspired by her passion. Dr Svendsen’s handpicked staff are all ambassadors for her principles. She showed those around her how much she passionately cared for and was driven by an unshakable faith that the welfare of the donkeys would be provided for.
The oasis of love and care she created at the Sanctuary continues today. The feelings of tranquil calm that overwhelm me on my visits to Paccombe leave me with an inner peace that defies description. The staff could not be more welcoming and genuinely pleased that we take an interest in their work.
I am a member of the Rosette Group and enjoy learning more about The Donkey Sanctuary’s invaluable work both in the UK and around the world.
Dr Svendsen’s legacy of passionate care continues through us, the people she not only inspired but also empowered to continue her work as she would have wanted it done. We cannot let this inspiration diminish.