Roma is a young donkey living at our sanctuary in Cork. At just over one year old, she is shy, yet loving. Like every donkey here, Roma is much loved and cared for.
She is never hungry, cold or lonely. Her hooves are trimmed every 6-10 weeks. When the weather is bad, Roma is sheltered from the elements and she always
has a soft bed to sleep in.
Roma enjoys spending time with our grooms and Quality Time Volunteers.One on one time with our staff is very beneficial to donkeys like Roma to assist them in overcoming any shyness or nervousness.
Unfortunately the future was not always so bright for Roma. In fact her young life could have been unnecessarily cut short.
Last autumn one of our donkey welfare advisers, Jane Bruce found Roma stuck in a deep section of bog.
Cold, hungry and abandoned to an uncertain fate
Jane was working routinely in the Galway region when she discovered the little filly foal as she crossed an expansive bog field. The donkey was clearly in a state of distress. Her small body was trembling from the cold water. It was impossible to tell how long she had lain in the bog, waiting for help to come. Jane knew that time was of the essence as she made some calls for help. In no time, two Gardai had arrived. With some difficulty, Jane managed to get a head collar on the foal.
The Gardai pulled and Jane pushed. Together, they heaved the foal out of the bog and onto the bank. Gently, they lifted the donkey’s limp, algae covered body to her feet. The foal was completely exhausted after her ordeal and could not stop trembling.
With no time to be lost, equine charity Forgotten Horses Ireland arrived with a trailer to transport the foal to a local vet. Carefully, she was loaded onto the trailer with support straps to aid her weak body. On arrival at the vet, the foal was examined and treated for hypothermia and shock. That day Jane left the veterinary practice confident that the foal was on the path to a better life.
Shortly after that fateful day last autumn, Roma was brought to live here at The Donkey Sanctuary in Cork. In time, Roma may join our re-homing scheme and find a new and loving home in the community. She had a tough start in life so we are determined that Roma’s future will be bright. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of Roma’s care, we would be very grateful.
If you would like to make a donation, please click on the button below. Alternatively, please give us a call on 022 48398 to speak to a member of the fundraising team.