When we were alerted about a group of donkeys outdoors during a cold snap, we responded to help guarantee their well being.
In January, we received a call from a concerned member of the public about a group of donkeys in Kerry described as ‘underfed and miserable’. With a yellow
weather warning already in place for snow and ice, welfare adviser Ciara O’Kelly responded quickly.
When Ciara arrived at the snow covered location, she softly called and coaxed the donkeys with a bucket of feed. Soon, she was surrounded by 27 donkeys, comprising a mix of female adults with yearlings and foals. Many of them were weak and all were hungry. Ciara knew that the seven foals would not survive another night of freezing temperatures without shelter.
Ciara spoke with the owner of the donkeys who acknowledged the herd had grown to an unmanageable size and thankfully he agreed to relinquish the younger animals into the care of our sanctuary. The foals were frightened and huddled close for comfort as they were gently loaded onto our vehicle.
Ciara said: “The foals were so light, we simply picked them up to load them”. She added: “It was critical to get them to the sanctuary as quickly as possible”.
With the foals safely loaded, Ciara and her colleague Eugene helped to settle the remaining donkeys into a shed where they were given forage to eat.
Back at New Arrivals, our veterinary team was waiting to assess the foals. A stable was prepared with clean bedding, heat lamps, feed and fresh water.
The group quietly settled into the warmth and comfort of their new home.
Our next concern is to help the rest of the herd through our Donkey Welfare Improvement Scheme (DWIS) in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. We will update you in our Summer Newsletter. Thanks to your kindness, our welfare team can continue to do this integral work for donkeys and mules across Ireland.
Can you help us to look after donkeys like these today? We appreciate every donation we receive as it helps us to keep our welfare team on the road reaching the donkeys that need us most. Simply click on the below button to make a donation or call us on 022 48398.