I recently finished reading a delightful book by Rachel Anne Ridge titled “Flash”. It’s the story of a homeless donkey and the family who adopts him and how they taught each other about love, understanding and opening up yourself to someone (or something) you think you have nothing in common with. Since her experience with Flash, Ms. Ridge has become an advocate for donkey rescue and welfare. According to her statistics, there are more than 50 million donkeys in the world and most of these are used as work animals, doing the hard work to sustain families and entire communities. Unfortunately they are not considered as pets or companion animals and are mostly relegated to the most menial and backbreaking tasks.
But there are organizations which work to help donkeys, mules and horses. One such organization is The Brook in the United Kingdom (thebrook.org). They work in some of the poorest communities in the world to provide programs and treatment. Unfortunately, when I went to check I was unable to because it was not secure. So, enter at your own risk.
I had better luck with The Donkey Sanctuary in the United Kingdom (www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk). The site was secure and I was able to view some of the donkeys via webcam. They have many adoptable donkeys and some really nice donkey merchandise. They participate in animal welfare work around the world.
Another great donkey rescue is The Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue (https://donkeyrescue.org/). Their main focus is taking in abused and abandoned donkeys. They have cared for over 16,000 donkeys in the 20 years they have been in operation and focus on educating people about the true nature of donkeys. Donkeys aren’t stubborn, mean or dumb. With a little love and care, they will certainly show love in return. This rescue has a nice merchandise selection, with proceeds benefitting the shelter.
I invite you to visit these shelter sites. You will gain valuable insight into how loving and special these animals truly are.
“All good things are wild and free.” Thoreau