Sometimes we have to rescue donkeys despite the love they receive from their owners. On a cold and wet January morning Eugene Butler, our lorry driver, was at a motorway service station in Co. Kildare when he was approached by another truck driver. He was gravely concerned about six donkeys he'd spotted on his journey from Bandon in Co. Cork. With flood waters rising fast, these donkeys were in real trouble.
Eugene related the information to the welfare department to investigate. Intead of six donkeys, nine animals were found. It was immediately clear that whilst the owner loved his donkeys dearly, he just didn't have the facilities to provide them with the necessary care. The donkeys were very thin, had no shelter and were living in water-logged fields. Bravely, the owner decided to let us take his donkeys in the knowledge that they would be well cared for.
Dathi, Locklan, Murtagh, Ennis, Kayleigh, Bridget, Angela, Marian and Helena have all joined our family and are, at present, recovering.
Thanks to your continued support, we are able to provide care to these donkeys and give them a special diet to help build them back up. They will also receive a visit from the farrier and the dentist.