Happy New Year to all our supporters
Wow it’s January! Let’s hope this year is better than last. We did however have a decent ending to the year. One of our dogs Pipo, who was homed in early December in Blackpool, is doing great and settling in really well. Here’s to a long lasting loving relationship with his new mum.
Early December saw the arrival of Noella. It was 8am when Kevin went up to feed. Laid on the floor was Kate one of our donkeys and when Kevin got to her he saw that she was giving birth but seemingly struggling with the birth. Kevin helped deliver the foal, who we’ve called Noella. Kate is a really good mother and both are doing so well.
However just three weeks later another donkey, Gracie was proudly showing off HER new-born foal. Both these girls came to us 6 months ago (we took in 5). These girls were not being looked after. The owner couldn’t feed himself, so these girls were way down the food chain. We stepped in and they were relinquished into our care. Gracie was a good mother protecting her young. Everything appeared normal, however about 4pm that same day the little one, who we called Holly, appeared to be getting weaker so we decided to take her and her Moma to hospital in Alicante for a check-up.
So glad we did, as Holly was not drinking properly. If we had not taken her, she would not have survived the night. They did X-rays, ultra sounds, bloods, catheter, tubes into her stomach so she could feed and then antibiotics for an infection – horrid, horrid time as we waited to hear if she made it hour by hour. Bess her; Gracy was so good. I’m sure she knew we were trying our best to help her foal. Luckily mum let the vets express her milk for her – mother’s milk is the best as they say! Within the first few hours a foal has to have mother’s milk to get the colostrum that carries antibodies between mother and foal.
We are so happy to report both Gracie and Holly are doing well. Gracie had a touch of colic at the hospital but seems fine now. Both will be coming home in time for Christmas! Holly is one lucky girl. I know everyone was rooting for them both.
The Sanctuary in La Paca
As usual things take so long to sort. We are hoping that 2021 will see the sanctuary up and running. We can’t wait to open our gates to you the public to let you see all our work and most importantly our family of donkeys. Your donations go to make their lives better.
We had a lovely donation of €50 from the Camposol Runners (Colin Thackwell. Thank you so much; with 90 donkeys we need every cent/euro.
I will be starting back on Monday 4th January at Camposol B Car Park, (covid permitting), in my usual spot from 11.30am-1.30pm collecting all your unwanted items/gifts. Larger items can be collect so please don’t forget us. The donkeys need you! Any change to this will be on our Facebook page.
Once again we hope this year is better for all of us. Take care, and stay safe.