They are a jennet and her foal and they are alive today because a few people cared enough to intervene.  The donkeys were living on a farm in Ontario where the owners were only in residence on weekends.  The fact that there was no one on site for much of the time was the first milepost on the road to neglect and abuse.  The second was reached when the owners failed to leave food and water before a significant snowfall occurred.  The third, as bad as the others, was that the donkeys had no shelter.

Fortunately, for these helpless creatures, some observant neighbours recognized that the animals were in need and so they contacted the local SPCA.  Days passed while proper procedures were followed; a notice of abandonment had to be posted; and then, finally, the donkeys were trailered to safety and proper medical care, both weak and emaciated and the mother unable to stand.

We will wait to see if the owners are held responsible for their care-less behaviour.

In the meantime, it is best for us to concentrate on the heroic actions of the rescuers.  They were determined that the donkeys should be moved to safety and allowed to live under positive conditions of care.  These people did not give up and they stayed as closely involved as they could while the legal process ground on.  These responsible citizens deserve our highest praise.

Sometimes we have to push and push in order to save animals’ lives.

Sandra Pady, DSC Executive Director

2 thoughts on “Rescued”

  1. This is yet another example of people thinking that domestic animals (in particular large animals) can fend for themselves. After working for equine rescue organizations for many years, I cannot count the number of times I heard people say, “There’s plenty of grass under the snow,” or even worse, “They don’t need water: they can just eat snow.”

    When we purchase an animal, we must take on the responsibility for a life – an entire life – and we must accept responsibility for gaining an understanding of that animal’s particular needs.

    Thank you to all those who helped these two donkeys find safety and a caring home.

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