A difficult day

We recently carried out a full animal welfare review of the 229 donkeys being looked after with your help at our sanctuary.

The review was led by Tim Wass MBE, one of our new trustees and ex RSPCA Chief Inspector and it involved a vet from the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture, as well as an independent vet.

Very sadly, 10 donkeys, all with medical problems, were discovered to be at the end of their lives so the difficult decision was made to put them to sleep compassionately and to the highest international welfare standards. This was carried out today.

It has been tremendously upsetting as many of our small team have known the donkeys for many years but it was not a decision taken lightly and it was fully supported by all the vets in attendance. As always, all the staff who look after and care for our animals put their welfare and wellbeing first and foremost.

Tim has offered to talk to anyone about this sad day, when he returns to the UK. In the meantime, if you have questions, please e-mail us and we will do our best to answer them.

On a much happier note, Alfie who was brought into the sanctuary only a fortnight ago, continues to go from strength to strength, he is now on a special “mash” diet, has had some work done on his teeth and shows every sign of making a full recovery. We’ll keep you posted.

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