The Donkey Sanctuary has helped a record number of donkeys in Cyprus this year.
One hundred and eighty donkeys were treated this year. This is a three-fold increase on the 60 treated in 2008 after the charity began working on the island.
Many will have been saved from long term pain, suffering and abandonment.
Andrew Judge, head of The Donkey Sanctuary’s European operations, said:“Its fantastic news that we are helping so many donkeys in Cyprus. Some of those might otherwise have been left to suffer for months or years.
“I’m pleased that word has spread and donkey owners are now coming to us for help rather than ignoring problems or just abandoning their donkeys. For some, it might be the first time a donkey has ever seen a vet or a farrier but seeing our experts can change habits of a lifetime and help educate owners to care for their donkeys much better in the future.”
The Donkey Sanctuary works on different Greek islands every year dispensing welfare advice, operating clinics, and lobbying authorities for better welfare conditions. This year it has started working on Kos and on Naxos.
Elsewhere, on the Greek island of Santorini, The Donkey Sanctuary is asking tourists to ‘Take STEPS’ to help improve working conditions for donkey taxis. Sign the petition here: http://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/petition/santorini