Our mantra at The Donkey Sanctuary is that donkeys come first, second and third - they are at the heart of all we do. This certainly was the case for donkeys Casey, Clancy and Callaghan rescued from possible euthanasia at the end of their stay in a local equine pound. Abandoned and unwanted, they were deemed of little value to their one-time owner – an inconvenience and burden to someone’s world, needs and lifestyle. All three donkeys are now just over two years old; for the first few months of their lives they must have been attractive adorable little foals.
Casey, Clancy and Callaghan are currently in poor condition and will require considerable effort and resources on the part of the Sanctuary to return them to optimum health. Their hip bones and spine currently protrude over what was previously a worm laden belly - which we addressed by de-worming them. They are currently on extra feeding to encourage them to put on some necessary extra weight. Their hooves have been trimmed and an equine dental technician will shortly check their teeth.
What stands out for us as unusual about this trio is that they simply don’t behave like young male donkeys should: frolicking about the field, playing with each other and enjoying life. Instead, they are often found huddled in a corner of the field, anxious and afraid. Clearly their experience of life so far has not been a positive one. Time will heal their psychological scars as we continue to work with these donkeys, building up their physical health and gaining their trust on a daily basis.