Photo credit: The Donkey Sanctuary
Found with overgrown hooves in North Lincolnshire, The Donkey Sanctuary has taken a rescued donkey into its care after her owner reached out for support.
With the help of a Welfare Advisor from The Donkey Sanctuary, a rescued donkey’s owner was able to get help for the challenges they faced. The donkey, named Jelly, had severely overgrown hooves, requiring veterinary attention, behavioural help and ongoing farriery care that her owner wasn’t able to provide. The Donkey Sanctuary worked with Jelly’s owner to get her into their care.
When Jelly arrived, she received all the care she needed before being introduced to fellow donkey friend, Dolly. Jelly will have a loving home in one of the charity’s sanctuaries or in a Guardian Home through the charity’s rehoming scheme.
Hannah Bryer, Head of Welfare at The Donkey Sanctuary, said: “We know the COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for all animal owners and we’ve been working throughout the crisis to support donkeys and their owners wherever possible. Our welfare team are frequently contacted by owners who are no longer able to care for their donkey due to changes in their personal circumstances. During this pandemic many donkey owners have been worried about how they’ll continue to care for their donkeys if they suffer ill health or changes to their income. We encourage all owners to plan ahead and to seek help as soon as possible if they experience problems.
“Jelly’s owners reported that her behaviour had become challenging, particularly around handling and farrier care, which lead to her hooves becoming overgrown. Recognising that this was affecting her welfare and being unable to find a solution, Jelly’s owners reached out to us for help. Our team of Welfare Advisors work directly with owners in the community to improve donkey welfare and can help prevent issues before they arise.’’
For more information, visit thedonkeysanctuary.org