An abandoned donkey named Cookie has started a new life with a loving foster home in East Devon this month thanks to international animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary.
Eight-year-old Cookie was signed over to The Donkey Sanctuary’s Irish sanctuary in 2010 after he was discovered wandering alone along a busy road. He was underweight and had long and painful hooves, making it difficult for him to walk. After a period of specialist treatment, Cookie came to The Donkey Sanctuary’s headquarters in Sidmouth to join a group of donkeys being prepared to go out to private homes as part of the charity’s foster scheme.
Maxine Carter, farm manager for The Donkey Sanctuary, explains: “The Donkey Sanctuary’s foster scheme allows young and healthy donkeys in our care to enjoy the one-on-one attention that only a private home can provide. It is always particularly rewarding to see a donkey that has had a difficult start in life develop in confidence and character to the point where they make the perfect addition to a family home.
“Whilst in our care, Cookie became good friends with a donkey named Bastaville, and the two of them are now enjoying life on a foster home near Axminster in East Devon. The pair have lovely friendly characters, and I have no doubt that they will benefit greatly from the extra love and attention their new foster owners will be able to provide.”
The Donkey Sanctuary’s foster scheme carefully matches donkeys with prospective homes to ensure a happy future for both donkeys and foster owners. To find out more about fostering donkeys, please call the charity’s Welfare Team on 01395 578222 or visit www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/fostering.
For an interview, further information or images, please contact The Donkey Sanctuary press office on 01395 573097/573014, mobile 07970 927778 or via email.
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