Francesca was born at the Sanctuary on 2nd October 2008. Here she is aged 8 weeks with her mum, Rosie, by her side grazing in the paddock alongside the Salston Boxes. The stables were named after the Salston Hotel, Ottery St Mary where our Founder, Dr Elisabeth Svendsen, used to run a hotel business. It is from here that she started to rescue mistreated donkeys and today the Sanctuary has taken in over 14,500 donkeys both in the UK and Ireland.
When Rosie (aged 12) came into the Sanctuary in April of this year, she was already in foal. It's quite a rare occasion for us as the Sanctuary has a no breeding policy and only have foals if a donkey is taken in already pregnant.
Dr Svendsen named our new foal Francesca as she was born near the Feast Day of Francis of Assisi (4th October) and was the 10,000th donkey taken into our care and been given sanctuary for life.