Expectations – we all have values, standards, needs and dreams. These lead us to have expectations. The Donkey Sanctuary have expectations when it comes to placing our donkeys in guardian homes. Preparing to rehome two donkeys can for some people involve additional work which varies from basic adaptions to their property to additional construction depending on their existing facilities. The basics include a shed, an area of hardstanding (concrete, stone or other dry surface) a source of clean water and a paddock suitably fenced. An electric fence is also considered a wise investment.
The potential guardian homes’ knowledge and commitment is equally important. Donkey Welfare Advisers deliver informative donkey care courses which are designed to equip new owners with the knowledge to manage a pair of donkeys. Donkey care courses are open to all and held at various locations around the country.
Last week I had the pleasure of seeing two beautifully prepared donkeys arrive in a new guardian home. Work prior to their arrival involved a general paddock tidy up and cutting back some overgrowth around fences. The basics were already there. Additional help also involved solving some practical issues around bedding and erecting an electric fence. As we led the donkeys up the drive to their new yard we were met by the excited new guardians. Were the donkeys to be the crown jewels to justify all their hard work? The photo tends to suggest that they more than met their expectations. When I saw the donkeys’ names on their passports all fell into place - their names are ‘Ruby’ and ‘Superstar’