I have been working at The Donkey Sanctuary for a long time, twenty years plus, mainly at Knockardbane Farm where it all started from a leaking caravan and a few staff.
I can honestly say there never has been one day the same, every day comes with something different- be it happy or sad stories and endings. I recently got the task at short notice to arrange to move two of our donkeys across the water to their new home.
The guardians were patiently waiting for their new arrivals and I was delighted to help and assist in the organising of rehoming two beautiful donkeys from The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast to their new home in Cumbria, UK. This would not have been possible without the help of our Maria Ring who travelled from Cork to Belfast and then onto Cumbria and back again.
Lucky Charm and Timothy originally came into The Donkey Sanctuary in Cork and were selected as suitable assisted therapy donkeys. We arranged to transport Lucky Charm and Timothy to Belfast where they spent the last few years helping hundreds of local school children with additional needs.
DAT Belfast manager Tina Symington arranged a preloading medical to make sure our two donkeys were ready for their big trip which they passed with flying colours, not a temperature or dirty nose in sight.
Pam Moon Donkey Welfare Adviser was delighted with the collaboration effort to fill her eagerly awaiting home and expressed her heartfelt thanks for arranging everything and letting Lucky Charm and Timothy join a new guardian home in her are. The donkeys travelled very well and were happy to charm their new owners on arrival and enjoyed their new surrounding after their journey. When Pam rang on the evening of their delivery, they were settled and sheltering from the rain in their lovely big stable, where else would they be!