Stables, gates and barn dividers are amongst 22 tonnes of supplies being sent to northern Italy by our Sanctuary to equip its new rescue centre.
Today, a consignment will be leaving our Italian counterpart, Il Rifugio Degli Asinelli, which is needed at our rescue centre to cope with a recent influx of donkeys rescued from Romania and Switzerland.
The equipment and shipping, being sent in two consignments, will cost the Sanctuary £35,000 and includes:
- Six mobile shelters (for new arrivals and pregnant mares)
- Two large donkey feeders
- Barn dividers
- 800 posts and 1,200 rails for fencing
Andrew Judge, farm manager at Brookfield Farm, has co-ordinated the project and believes great savings have been made. He says: "Whilst we would prefer to buy locally, these materials are very expensive in Italy; wooden fencing there costs twice the price. We have been able to save £16,000 by fabricating the equipment in Devon and shipping it across!”
The consignment will help donkeys like Sheila and Filippo. Sheila was amongst the 21 abandoned donkeys rescued in Romania. Many had been poisoned by local farmers for eating the crops and she, pregnant at the time, had been attacked with a knife and needed life-saving treatment. Sheila has since had her foal Filippo in the safety of the rescue centre and both can enjoy a secure future.