The nights are rolling in, the temperature gauge is dropping and we’re all beginning to wrap up warm for winter.
But for the farm staff at The Donkey Sanctuary, just as much care is taken in ensuring the donkeys are all set for the colder weather.
By adopting a donkey for someone you love this Christmas, you could be helping to make sure that the donkeys who have been rescued or relinquished into our care are well looked after when the cold snap comes.
Most of our donkeys, including adoption donkeys like Ashley, Zena, Eeyore or Pooh (pictured), still enjoy the freedom of having access to their winter paddock, rather than being shut in, so our grooms make sure they have all they need to stay healthy in the wet or the cold.
Everything is thought of, including keeping some road salt on hand to grit the yards, helping the donkeys stay on their feet in icy weather.
So what about a Christmas coat? Young and healthy donkeys have coats which naturally thicken with the approach of winter, but older or poorly donkeys may need a hand to maintain their body heat, so a rug or even a heat lamp is often needed for these animals who are more used to a desert climate.
For geriatric donkeys, extra care is taken to prepare them for the change in weather; from pain relief for arthritis to weight control, diet management and offering something warm to drink.
At our Paccombe Farm in Devon, grooms fill up large containers of warm water for a barn full of elderly donkeys. They soak their feed and fill up troughs with warm water to drink – sometimes with a dash of peppermint – to keep them warm and prevent dehydration. They absolutely love it.
Your support, by adopting a donkey, means that all of our donkeys have a home for life here at The Donkey Sanctuary and we like to ensure they are happy and healthy, whatever the weather.