Our Romanian project is run in conjunction with Italian charity Save the Dogs and Other Animals. In November, their workers visited a man called Liviu who had 18 dogs, all of whom were suffering from parasites, a lack of food and no shelter at all. The team from Save the Dogs were visiting to assess the situation and arrange for him to sign over the care of some animals to them. As they were leaving, they were stunned to hear a donkey’s bray coming from a tiny hut next to Liviu’s shed. Even more shocking was that inside was a donkey, crammed into a small, dark hut and clearly in desperate need of veterinary care.
Our Romanian vets Roxana and Raul were called and Vasile the donkey was taken outside of his hut for an initial assessment. It was immediately clear that his feet were painfully overgrown and that he was dangerously underweight. His teeth had never been treated and had grown sharp points which were causing him a great deal of pain when he tried to eat.
Our vet Roxana cleaned and trimmed his hooves and treated his teeth with a dental rasp to make eating more comfortable. After his teeth had been treated, Roxana gave Vasile some food which he enthusiastically ate, his first good meal in a considerable time.
It was clear from the outset that Liviu loved his animals and was doing his very best to save them from joining the countless stray animals that are abandoned on the streets of Romania, but he lacked the skills or money to give Vasile and the dogs the care that they needed. Once our team had explained that at our Sanctuary, Vasile would receive all the care he needed for the rest of his life, Liviu was happy for him to come with us.
The team returned the following day and cut through the padlock that held Vasile’s chain around his neck, Liviu was happy to see him going to his new home and said ‘Now Vasile can enjoy freedom’
Vasile has now settled in at our base in Cernavoda and is steadily putting on weight. He is clearly happy in his new home and is making friends with the group of donkeys.
Our Romanian Sanctuary opened in 2007 and is home to 60 donkeys all of whom arrived in desperate need of care and a loving home. It costs £103,000 a year to run our services in Romania which includes the Cernavoda Sanctuary and the mobile clinic that provides veterinary treatment for hundreds of working donkeys each year. These funds are entirely provided by our supporters. Thank you for helping us to give donkeys like Vasile a new life.