Four months and four days after walking off the lorry at the New Arrivals unit, a specialised unit where all new arrivals spend at least six weeks before they join the other donkeys within our care, Spice was given the all clear by our expert team.
The extra feed really did the trick and by the summer months she had reached her ideal weight. Her teeth were under treatment and her hoof trims were all up-to-date.
The other 12 donkeys were progressing well too, which meant we were ready to move them to one of our outlying farms, where our grooms and volunteers specialise in giving lifelong care to donkeys, as well spotting those who would enjoy more human interaction through our fostering scheme or donkey assisted therapy programme.
Spice moved to the Middle Barn at Brookfield Farm in Devon with her friends and this is where she lives currently.
It is a large, light and airy barn with a deep straw bed and when she steps outside, she has the most breath-taking view of the Devon countryside for as far as the eye can see.
Spice is surrounded by other sweet natured donkeys and is given all the love she could ever wish for. Our staff is on hand seven days a week to care for Spice and her donkey friends.
We also have an inclination that many of our supporters will be making a special visit to Brookfield Farm especially to meet Spice during Donkey Week 2015 (5-12 May).
Spice enjoys her first Christmas
Spice enjoyed her first carrot on Christmas day, a tradition established by our founder Dr Elisabeth Svendsen, who insisted that every donkey must receive a fresh carrot treat on Christmas Day; something we honour to this day.
Of course, Spice would never have been rescued if it weren’t for the love and compassion of those who support The Donkey Sanctuary, helping us to reduce the suffering of donkeys worldwide. Thank you.
There are many ways you can help us to continue our hard work in providing optimum care for donkeys and mules around the world. One such way is to Adopt a Donkey, which will ensure your donkey will never want for food or shelter again.
Dawn Vincent heads up the communications department at The Donkey Sanctuary, and has a special attachment to the charity as she is the granddaughter of the founder Dr Elisabeth Svendsen.
Dawn explains: “I was shocked by the conditions these donkeys were living in. Spice was in a terrible state. She was at least wearing a spotty brown blanket, but it was soaked through. Spice caught my attention straight away with her sad face, floppy ears and miserable look; my heart immediately went out to her and all the other donkeys.
“It was so satisfying to watch the welfare team in action and see Spice being led away from the muddy field and onto the clean and well-prepared lorry.
“Now, she looks fabulous and is firmly on the mend. Spice is really happy in her spacious home at Brookfield Farm and her grooms tell me she’s always first in the queue for breakfast.
“It’s life-affirming to see the difference made when The Donkey Sanctuary helps donkeys like Spice in distress. To see how happy she looks now makes all the hard work worth it and none of it could happen without the help of our supporters.”
How to help donkeys like Spice
We have a great team of experts and volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure each and every donkey receives the very best care and attention. In order for this to continue we need your help.
Join The Donkey Sanctuary adoption scheme and enjoy all the benefits of being part of the adoption family. Your money will also go towards keeping your donkey fed, watered and cared for. Through your generosity we can help improve the lives of donkeys both in the UK and worldwide.