It’s been a very exciting week for two of our beautiful donkeys who enjoyed a starring role on the Paul O’Grady Show. The ITV tea-time show, hosted by one of the biggest names in TV entertainment, often includes a feature about animals looking for new homes and Thursday 22nd May's episode, featured our very own Joey and Shankyyd who were only too happy to absorb the attention of an adoring audience.
Welfare Adviser Mark and groom Tracey were with the donkeys every step of the way to explain to Paul O’Grady how the donkeys had come to live in our care and how you can Foster them.
Shankyyd came into our care after the police found him abandoned on the roadside in Ireland. He’s nine years old and has a lovely temperament and is very eager to please. He loves his food and will do almost anything for a little treat.
Joey is five and came to us as a foal when his owners couldn’t keep him. He is a very friendly and sweet little chap who loves adults and children. He is always the first in the group to come up for a cuddle and especially likes putting his nose up for a kiss.
Animal lover Paul was only too happy to meet Joey and Shankyyd and gave them plenty of cuddles before and during the show. The donkeys couldn’t have behaved more perfectly and clearly loved their time in the spotlight.
If you’re interesting in offering Joey and Shankyyd a home, we’d love to hear from you!
What do you need?
We’re looking for Foster homes that can provide:
- Approximately 0.5 acre (2000 square metres) of suitable and safe grazing and/or turnout land is recommended for each donkey.
- An area of hard-standing - donkeys' feet are really porous so they need to be able to get off the grass when it's wet.
- Access to shelter or stable - donkeys don’t have waterproof coats like horses. This will also provide shade from the sun on summer days.
- Robust fencing - donkeys can be great escape artists!
Don’t worry if you haven’t got any or all of these in place yet – our welfare advisers will be able to advise you. We also have free training courses to make sure you have all the information you need to support you and help you enjoy every minute of caring for your donkeys.
To get more information or apply online, please contact us using the form http://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/foster-application Your local welfare adviser will then contact you within seven days to answer any questions you may have and talk you through the practicalities of fostering donkeys.
Alternatively, please call 01395 578222 and ask to speak to the Welfare Team about fostering donkeys.