Our team in Romania recently helped with an urgent case in Bucharest, Romania, where an old donkey called Puica had been seen in a very pitiful state and working in spite of having a seriously injured leg. A concerned member of the public took a video of the donkey and posted it online pleading for help as she was unable to do anything by herself.
The donkey was clearly in great pain and struggling to pull a heavy cart. The owner used it to pull the iron which he collects, and to bring the cows to and from pasture meaning that the poor donkey worked hard all day. It is sadly all too common for distressing videos like this to be posted online but takes a great deal of luck and research to be able to find a particular donkey and we are delighted that in this case we have been able to give Puica the happy ending that she deserves.
Thanks to the tremendous efforts of the team, the owner and donkey were tracked down and staff from a local organisation convinced the owner to surrender the donkey, and Puica then came to our shelter in Cernavoda for emergency treatment and Sanctuary.
She arrived at her new home on 29 June and can now receive expert care and treatment from the team. Since 2007, The Donkey Sanctuary has been working with charity, Save the Dogs and Other Animals to provide Sanctuary to mistreated and rescued donkeys in Romania. This project began after the economic climate and increased hay prices led to an alarming rise in the number of donkeys being abandoned. At Save The Dogs’ Cernavoda base three large barns to house 60 rescued donkeys have been built.