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The emergency call
"Bevan was too weak to stand when he was found" remembered our welfare adviser Stephanie Forde, "lying next to the dead body of his only friend in the world, he was literally a bag of bones."
Neglected and starving, poor Bevan had been abandoned in a remote enclosure next to a lake in Gort, Co Galway. Thankfully we were alerted just in time to save his life.
At first glance Bevan looked too small and weak to travel but the local vet assisting Stephanie advised that if he was left where he was, he would die. Together with a local farmer, they carefully lifted him into the safety of a horsebox.
"Although he was two years old, Bevan had been starved to the weight of a new born foal so we were able to lift him." recalled Stephanie.
Bevan was taken to Stephanie's house, luckily just a short drive away as the journey to our Sanctuary in Liscarroll would have been too much for him. A full examination on arrival showed that Bevan was severely anaemic and suffering from a severe lice and worm infestation. His main problem however was sheer hunger.
"Bevan was basically at the point of starvation" said Stephanie. "For the first few days he had to be physically lifted to go to the toilet and even just to turn over. All his food and water had to be brought to him and we had to feed him gently by hand on natural yoghurt as his stomach had been empty for so long."
On the road to recovery
After the first few days poor Bevan could get his front legs out in a sitting position, ready to be lifted by someone at the back. It took a week before he had the strength to stand on his own.
After some weeks of specialist nurturing and loving care, Bevan was pronounced fit enough to travel to our sanctuary in Liscarroll. Today this gentle and sweet natured donkey is well on the road to recovery. Although he still remains very timid and shy, his new found friendship with Craig, another rescue donkey, and his generally bright nature have helped restore his spirits.
Sadly Bevan is not alone and there are still so many more donkeys in distress who need our help. Our network of welfare officers are on standby 24 hours a day but with approximately 5 donkeys every week coming into our care, our resources are being stretched to the limit.
We can only continue to help them with your support.
Please donate to this special appeal. Every single donation will make a difference and help donkeys to find a safe and secure home.
How you can help us
Here at The Donkey Sanctuary we give life-long care and love to donkeys that have nowhere left to turn.
- A €6 donation will allow us to keep our rescue vehicles on the road for an hour, rescuing desperate donkeys from appalling conditions.
- A €15 donation helps provide warm and cosy straw beds for donkeys who have been abandoned to the elements and desperately need shelter.
- A €20 donation helps us treat uncomfortable foot conditions and trim long and painful hooves. Donkeys' hooves should be checked every 6-10 weeks by a farrier to keep them in good condition.
- A €40 donation covers the cost of a dental check up and the annual vaccines that donkeys need to protect against flu and tetanus. Our vaccination programme gives essential protection against these life threatening conditions, while ensuring donkeys have healthy teeth and gums allows them to enjoy nutritious feeds.
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- 14,500 donkeys and mules provided with a sanctuary for life over the last 40 years
- 5,072 donkeys and mules currently in care at Sanctuaries and foster homes in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe
- 28 overseas mobile teams and 4 overseas clinics working to alleviate the suffering of sick or injured donkeys
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