International animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary is marking the start of Volunteers’ Week with a celebration for its hard-working volunteers on Friday 1st June 2012.
|This working donkey at a busy market town in Ethiopia was exhausted and had all but given up his fight for life.|
WE DID IT WITH YOUR HELP... thanks to all our fans and supporters. We reached the target to get fly fringes for our elderly donkeys. We are so very proud of you for answering our call for help. Thank you, thank you, thank you...
Mossie was found in a dreadful state in a field in Ireland. His hooves were severely overgrown and he was covered in mud. Despite all this, his faith in humans hadn’t been lost. When our welfare team found him, he was so friendly and happy to see people - it was heart warming.
Imagine being shut in a stable inside a barn for at least six months with no access to the outside world - this had been the life for Laurel and Hardy, two donkeys, and a pony called Tim. Then one day a blue lorry turned up and took them to a place of sanctuary for life.
In the Debre Zeit area of Ethiopia there are a staggering 76,000 working donkeys. Many suffer harness wounds caused through ill-fitting tack and excessive loads.