The Donkey Sanctuary in Cork, again this year, came to the rescue of two donkeys who were abandoned at last week’s annual Ballinasloe Horse Fair.
On Saturday 10th October 2015, the last busy day of the illustrious fair, two hungry donkeys stood alone, restricted by a short rope. Donkey Welfare Advisor Ian Colton first saw this sorry sight in the morning time while scanning the area for mistreated animals and tending to other donkeys in need. When Ian returned at the end of the day the two donkeys were still tied up to a railing in the very same position, unable to lie down and with no access to food or water. This was enough to beckon Ian into action.
As the monetary value of two young male, uncastrated donkeys is marginal, the donkeys had not found a buyer and their owner had abandoned them on the side of the fair green.
A passer-by was trying to untangle them as the blue rope with which they were tied had become knotted thereby further reducing their limited freedom to move. At this stage they had been without food or water all day and were facing a night in the open with the strange sounds of the amusements and revelry from the street beyond the intervening buildings.
Ian actioned a plan with the assistance of the local equine pound and the Gardaí and they quickly manoeuvred the dishevelled donkeys into safety.
The donkeys will be transported to the safety of The Donkey Sanctuary. The donkeys have been named Kiwi and Warren and can now look forward to a life in the care and protection of The Donkey Sanctuary, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co. Cork.
Provisions are being put in place by The Donkey Sanctuary to ensure that these sweet donkeys will have the most fulfilling life possible; you can help to ensure their health and happiness by making a donation.