The Donkey Sanctuary was able to rescue an abandoned donkey thanks to the fundamental help given by members of the Spiddal community this week.
Following numerous reports from concerned members of the public regarding the welfare of a donkey on mountainous ground without access to feed or shelter, The Donkey Sanctuary’s Welfare Adviser, Ian Colton, searched the area for the donkey.
Ian was aided in his searches by Garda from Spiddal and Salthill. The donkey was located and found in poor body condition with very painful and neglected hooves. Transport was arranged for the donkey to travel to The Donkey Sanctuary in Cork where his rehabilitation would commence.
The Gardaí used new EU regulations which enable the seizure of donkeys and horses which are not microchipped; this is in conjunction with the European Union (Identification of Equidae) Regulations 2014.
After an appeal on Facebook to name the donkey he was called Salvus which is a Latin word meaning ‘saved and free from difficulties’. Salvus is now receiving around the clock care, has been treated by the farrier, equine dentist and the Veterinary and farm teams are tending to his every need.
To help with his recovery please consider making a donation.