The Donkey Sanctuary recently collaborated with local equine charities ‘My Lovely Horse Rescue’ and ‘The Equine Rescue Network’ to find homes for no less than 8 equines, 2 of which were donkeys and one a yearling mule.
Following a request to rehome two donkeys and a mule, our Welfare Adviser arrived to find that the donkeys and mule were also company to a consignment of several ponies all equally facing an uncertain future and in need of a home.
The two donkey mares plus a small devoted pony companion proved to be an inseparable trio, all nervous and fearful of being handled. Thankfully Kildare based charity ‘My Lovely Horse Rescue’ confirmed that they could accommodate taking all three equines into their care. Cathy Davey of My Lovely Horse Rescue (MLHR) was on hand to welcome the new arrivals and to ensure that all three settled in well. The Donkey Sanctuary is grateful for MLHR’s assistance in this instance.
A further three ponies plus a yearling mule were rehomed by Enniskillen based charity ‘The Equine Welfare Network’. Kerri Fitzpatrick and her devoted team of volunteers kindly agreed to take on the four equines and will work towards handling, socialising and eventually rehoming all four equines. The Equine Welfare Network has worked successfully with The Donkey Sanctuary in rehabilitating mules in the past. We will be keen to learn of the mule’s progress over the coming months and will provide ongoing advice and support to both charities if needed.
Last but by no means least our Welfare Adviser noticed a 14 hands high skewbald cob strangely out of place amongst the donkeys, mules and small ponies. The mare proved to have a kindly temperament and we have been lucky to have secured her a home with a supporter of The Donkey Sanctuary who owns donkeys herself and has facilitated Donkey Care Courses at her premises.
A positive future now lies ahead for these eight equines that previously lived a life of neglect and vulnerability.