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When Teddy and Eric approached Emily in their new post and railed paddock, she was delighted to see the changes, not just physically, but the happiness that could be seen in their eyes. Emily rubbed their ears in disbelief at how brave the donkeys had become in less than eight weeks.
Teddy and Eric* were part of a group of welfare compromised donkeys that had been brought to our attention after their owner had passed away. Teddy and Eric were bonded and Emily needed to find a new home that could take both of them.
As a new donkey owner, Audrey was concerned to ensure she was doing everything right and was keen to show Emily the barn where Teddy and Eric lived.
Emily was thrilled to see the brand new shed, with rubber mats, bags of fresh shavings, and a plentiful supply of hay and straw. All donkeys deserve a good home and Teddy and Eric had really landed on their hooves at Audrey’s home.
Audrey and her husband James had contacted Ian Colton, Donkey Welfare Adviser a year earlier to enquire about rehoming donkeys. Ian visited and gave advice about building a shed, suitable for donkey needs. Both parties realised it would take some time to complete the work. A year later the shed was completed and ready for donkeys. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Audrey made a video to show me the facilities. She also completed the online training course with flying colours.
By now both Audrey and James were keen to get donkeys. Emily spoke with Ian and Cathy Griffin, Head of Welfare who both agreed it was an ideal home for Teddy and Eric if Audrey and James were in agreement. We are always looking for Guardian homes for donkeys in our care, but at that time Teddy and Eric were the donkeys in greatest need of a new home.
Emily spoke at length with Audrey about Teddy and Eric to outline the commitment and work these two vulnerable donkeys would need. Audrey and James agreed to take ownership of Teddy and Eric. The two yearlings were transported to their new home where they have become part of the family.
Audrey says: “The boys are settling in well. We are in love with them. We led them out to the field this morning, the minute we took off the head collars they bucked and played so we are thrilled to bits to see them starting to enjoy themselves.”
*Learn more about Teddy and Eric and their lives before they were transformed by clicking on the related article link below.
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