Caring for a group of donkeys with challenging and diverse needs
In March, Welfare Adviser Ciara O'Kelly visited a farm in County Cork to check the welfare of a group of donkeys. We had recently given help to the donkey owner under our Donkey Welfare Improvement Scheme (DWIS) and Ciara was eager to see how they were progressing. However, after inspection, she was alarmed at the deterioration in welfare conditions since her previous visit. The donkey owner was suffering from ill health and was struggling to care for his animals.
The donkeys were housed together in a shed that was too small for their needs. They were thin and dirty with matted coats and hoof problems. Ciara was concerned for the welfare of the whole group but particularly for four pregnant mares living in confined conditions. She spoke to the owner at length who agreed to relinquish the donkeys into our care. Arrangements were made and over two trips, 14 donkeys came to our sanctuary and their rehabilitation began.
The road to recovery is not an easy one. The difficult decision was made to put a mare called Tulip to sleep. She had chronic arthritis from an old injury and was in severe pain as a result. Tragically, two of the pregnant mares lost their foals but the others gave birth to beautiful foals who are loved and cared for here in Liscarroll.
Since March, our Veterinary and Farm Teams have worked tirelessly with these donkeys who have known hardship and pain in their lives. Thanks to your generosity we continue to care for these animals and for this we are grateful.
We are grateful for any donation that you can make to help us to look after this group of donkeys and their foals.