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6 DONKEYS AND A MULE

June 16, 2017

In my opinion, there are few jobs so rewarding as those involving the care and support of animals.  At the same time, our work can make us feel like we are riding an emotional roller coaster.  That has been very much the case in recent weeks.

The donkeys and mules to whom we give a lifelong home come to the Sanctuary from every kind of condition.  In May and June,  calls for our help have come from many locations in Canada.  Our animal care staff have logged thousands of kilometres to do pickups and they have seen evidence of a variety of standards of care.  These inconsistencies mean that the emotional wear and tear on staff can be very high.

Staff went to Quebec to pick up Beans and Burrito in early May.  These two Standards, grey and brown in colour, are closely bonded and they were well treated by their former caregivers.  Changing circumstances in their lives prevented them from being able to continue to give care.

Then Surrey and Roxanne, a grey Miniature and a dark brown small Standard, were trailered most of the way from Manitoba.  Staff drove to Orillia to meet the van.  Although Surrey and Roxanne received good treatment, their caregivers were moving and had to sell the farm.  Added to that, there are some health issues with these donkeys and we understand that few veterinarians practice in winter north of Winnipeg due to harsh weather conditions.

Next, a five year old roan coloured pinto mule, was trailered here by our staff who had to travel to the Ottawa region where she was living.  We understand that the mule had lived on several farms in her short life. She is very high-spirited and is very challenging whenever she has to be handled.  Mules can be that way, especially when they are treated harshly in their first year.

Finally, we brought in two white Standard donkeys, ages 18 and 19.  They lived in Southern Ontario and had been obtained to guard some sheep.  When they didn’t bond with the sheep – which is often the case – the owner lost patience because the donkeys kept trying to leave the area where they had been  placed.  He tied one of the donkeys to a post on a 30′ line for 3 days. The line became tangled around the animal who was shivering and soaking wet with an eye infection when staff arrived to take them away.  In this case, when the call came in, we had to move very quickly because the owner said that if we didn’t do so, he would euthanize the animals the next day.  Our staff are to be commended highly for their calm, capable deportment in this highly-charge situation.

6 donkeys and a mule.  All are safe, receiving the needed medial care and positive treatment that each deserves.  Costs incurred during these rescues have been very high and it is only with the help of our donors that  we have been able to admit these animals to their lifelong home at the DSC where they will be able to live complete, natural lives.

Sandra Pady, Founder

 

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jo-Ann Payne permalink
    June 16, 2017 6:25 pm

    Hello Sandra and the staff at The Sanctuary,

    Sandra, I love reading your posts. You have such a great way with the word! The dedication of everyone who works there is just amazing! It really does give me some hope for this world of ours….there is so much negative news that we are bombarded with everyday…to hear of the dedication, care and compassion that is given to the animals at the sanctuary is a blessing. A ray of sunshine in the storm. I cannot comprehend how some people mistreat animals…I know it must be hard for the people who deal with this hands on…they are doing the most honourable work …thank-you all so very, very much!
    Jo-Ann Payne
    Alan Payne

    Sponsors of Monty

    • July 12, 2017 10:45 am

      Thank you, Jo-Ann. Our work is so rewarding ins spite of some situations. 5 donkeys were admitted earlier this week, in varied states of health. Staff are working hard to being them back to good condition.

  2. Jennifer Wingate permalink
    June 18, 2017 3:42 am

    Once again I am convinced that The Donkey Sanctuary has elastic sides. 6 blessed animals taken in and lovingly and expertly cared for, they can now expect a peaceful and loving home for life. The hearts of all the people at the Sanctuary must also have elastic sides- always expanding to include all the creatures who need them!

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