The Donkey Sanctuary is equipped with two equine lorries that travel the length and breadth of the UK to collect rescued donkeys or rehome those on our fostering scheme. On the day of this particular rescue, we needed both lorries to whisk Spice and her 12 friends to the safety of our Sanctuary. Our drivers are very experienced in transporting donkeys and we’re pleased to report that the journey from Cornwall to our New Arrivals Unit at Sidmouth went smoothly.
For the first time in ages Spice had comfort and warmth and spent much of the journey ravenously munching on the fresh hay provided.
Anna Harrison, our Welfare Veterinary Surgeon who had been at the scene of the rescue, followed behind and was there to see Spice and her friends being unloaded off the lorries to give them a quick check over. Once she was satisfied that they were all okay, the donkeys were taken to their new barn which our grooms had prepared for them earlier that day.
Spice was safe.
Her soaking rug was removed and she entered her new home to be welcomed by a deep bed of straw and heat lamps hanging overhead to warm her through.
Every member of the team had a grin from ear to ear and were delighted to watch the donkeys explore their new home and settle in.
By the morning, Spice was dry, fed and watered, leaving our staff to plan her rehabilitation programme.
At The Donkey Sanctuary, all female donkeys (mares) are given a yellow collar, while castrated male donkeys (geldings) are given a red collar on arrival.
As with every donkey that arrives at the Sanctuary, Spice had her name written on her new collar as well as her unique record number, indicating that she is the 12,859th donkey to come into the UK since it was founded by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen. If you include our other European sanctuaries, we have rescued more than 16,500 donkeys to date.
What happens next
Find out what happens when our team of experts conduct Spice’s first health check at the Sanctuary. Their assessment uncovers three health concerns which require immediate attention.