Days in the Welfare office often come and go in a whirlwind and last week was no exception as Sinead Fitzgerald reports.
"We've dealt with a multitude of questions, requests and concerns, from members of the public and our work colleagues and this is all part and parcel of what our highly trained and proficient team are well capable of handling. However sometimes there will be that one communication that will stand out as a unique concern, when your gut instinct prompts you to act with urgency, like the call from a member of the public who was running into difficulty with the management of his donkey.
From our open and honest conversation it transpired that he'd taken on the care of the donkey several years ago at the request of a friend but was unable to provide it with shelter. The donkey was kept on wet ground and its hooves had not been trimmed by a farrier for a considerable time.
The following day Eugene went to see this donkey and, noting his plight, was soon was on his way back to the sanctuary with a wet and bewildered donkey on board. Little did the donkey who we have called Neeson know that his life would be changing forever that day.
Earlier that same day we responded to a call about 22 donkeys in a field with no apparent sign of grazing or forage. Eugene went out to locate the donkeys but surprisingly they were not longer there. Evidence around the gate showed recent ground movement so it would appear that this group of
donkeys have been moved on. For better or worse it's unknown at this moment in time, but we'll keep them on our radar to see if they re-appear."