In our constant quest to rehome donkeys we must never lose sight of why we do it. Last week was a wonderful reminder of just how beneficial our Rehoming Scheme is to both our donkeys and our fantastic Guardians who dedicate themselves to the animals in their care. Jack and Jerry have had sarcoid trouble in the past and when we spotted the return of some growths on both donkeys we decided to transport them from their idyllic abode in the Dublin Mountains to the veterinary hospital for treatment.
Miriam adores her boys and was beside herself with worry but with lots of reassurance that they would get the very best of care with the amazing vet and farm teams she bide them a very tearful farewell. Thankfully all went smoothly and before long her precious boys were making the journey back to the east coast again. I can't tell you how immensely moving it was to see the very obvious delight of both Guardian and donkeys to be reunited. Jack and Jerry were down the ramp and up the lane to their paddock without so much as a backward glance at Eugene. They only stopped when they reached Miriam and stood quietly to be cuddled and checked over by their human who missed them so much.
When our donkeys come into our care we promise them a lifetime of love and happiness. This promise is taken on by our Guardians when the donkeys arrive. To see this promise in action is such a privilege and a wonderful respite from the trials of welfare work. A big thank you to all the team that played a part in getting Miriam's boys back home where they belong.