Nick the donkey

Tim Wass MBE, our CEO, writes: “It was about a year ago now when I first met our Nick. We’ll never know how old he is but he’s certainly one of the oldest donks here, and has the bad teeth and poor physical condition to prove it. Nick and I have a lot in common! I’ve called the Vet twice now to see if ‘the time was right’ to say goodbye him. It’s always a tremendously difficult decision, but an essential and responsible one to protect our animals welfare. Each time the Vet has arrived Nick’s behaved like a young
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The donkey who never forgot kindness

Donkeys are said to have an extremely good memory, remembering a place they have been or other donkeys they have met 25 years ago. But does anyone really know this for sure? And how does a donkey even demonstrate their ability to recall anything? British charity Safe Haven runs a donkey sanctuary in the north of Israel, caring for around 200 unwanted and abused donkeys of all ages. It was here, on 29th September, that the charity’s Chief Executive, Tim Wass MBE, witnessed a remarkable reunion which proves beyond any doubt that donkeys not only remember people, but affection too.
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A new life

We are sometimes called upon to rescue unwanted donkeys in the West Bank (Palestinian Territories) and due to the risk of spreading disease, we cannot just pop them into a horsebox and drive them across the border to our sanctuary in Israel. Instead the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture have just very generously agreed that the donkeys can spend six weeks at their quarantine facility before the donkeys are then transported onto the sanctuary. Several donkeys are waiting at our holding base in the West Bank town of Qalqilya and unbeknownst to us, one of them must have been pregnant when
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An unexpected Christmas gift

What a night – and the last thing I expected after a very long day. It was 8pm and I had already showered and collapsed on my bed, ready for an early night. Just goes to prove, you should be careful what you wish for. Within seconds, the phone rang and it was our farm manager’s wife saying, “Tim, come now please. Rita baby!’ I was completely confused but the urgency in her voice meant I threw on some clothes and dashed out as quickly as possible. As I ran into the stables, there was Rita, one of our rescue
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