Sadly Kitty the donkey taken into our care with her daughter (Tilly) was peacefully put to sleep last week as the result of her acute laminitis.
Supporters will undoubtedly remember our recent articles highlighting Kitty and Tilly’s plight
The decision was based on recommendations by our Veterinary team following consideration of recent x-rays and careful evaluation of her progress.
Her journey struck a particular chord with me as I was the Donkey Welfare Adviser who initially called to view her, dumb struck and shocked by her condition and the amount of pain she was visibly in, arranging for the Sanctuary to intervene and take her swiftly into our care.
I have had the privilege to know and work with Kitty over the last 4 months. She was a wonderful sweet, kind, stoic donkey and this is what I will remember. I can still see her big white face and her kind eye that met mine as I talked to her and worked with her daily.
Crippled by pain she allowed us to work with her taking x-rays of her hooves as she lay recumbent as well as trimming her hooves on countless occasions in an attempt to remodel them into an acceptable shape. She stood quietly allowing us to work on her grossly long and deformed hooves when the natural reaction would have been to pull away from the pain. She was incredibly brave and trusting despite all that she had suffered from.
Her absence is greatly felt in the yard and more so by her daughter Tilly who poignantly went up to Kitty nudging her gently and lying down beside her in the sun undoubtedly aware that she was gone and at peace.
Thankfully Tilly has the company of Hannah and her foal Twinkle her previous grazing companions and I feel is coping as best she can. We will continue to monitor her closely to ensure that her own health does not deteriorate because of the stressful situation.
I would like to thank all of those who worked tirelessly over the last few months to make Kitty’s time with us as pain free and comfortable as possible. Namely the Veterinary Department, my own vet who attended to her, my farrier and also the staff at the Sanctuary who were always on hand to offer advice and endless support.
Last but by no means least, an enormous ‘Thank You’ to our supporters without whom we could simply not carry out this work. Your support enabled us to reach out to Kitty, responding with care and necessary veterinary treatments allowing her a degree of comfort in the latter stages of her life.
I had resolved to write this article in a composed and factual manner but as my tears drop onto the keyboard I am reminded of Kitty’s loss and what a special donkey she was.
Kitty you deserve your peace now, rest easy free from pain.
Donkey Welfare Adviser