We had a group of four donkeys surrendered to the Good Samaritan Donkey Sanctuary in September. The donkeys were on a property in the southern highlands of NSW where the owner of the property had sadly passed away and the property was left to the family who could only visit on weekends.
The donkeys began to wander and on several occasions found themselves in the local pound. After retrieving the donkeys several times the owner contacted the Sanctuary to ask if we could help.
We set out from the Hunter Valley with two horse floats early on Monday 12th September on a 12 hour round trip to pick up the four donkeys. The only information we had on them was that there were four donkeys, a family of three & one older jenny in poor condition with a skin problem.
Upon arrival at the property we found the donkeys locked in the cattle yards. They were more than happy to see us, instantly running over for attention. We decided the best way to load the donkeys onto the floats (without risking falling in a wombat hole with the floats!) was to slowly walk the four donkeys up to the road and load them there.
They loaded without a problem and we were soon back on the road for the trip home. All donkeys travelled well only stopping for fuel and a quick wee break.
Arriving home in the dark we settled the donkeys into their new quarantine paddock away from the ICU donkeys for the night. The next day we went over each donkey from head to hoof. We started with a bath and delousing as lice was present on all of them. The older white Jenny was very poor and the lice infestation was considerably worse on her, she was clearly more sensitive to the infestation with her delicate pink skin. Hence she was called Pinky.
The infestation was so severe on Pinky that over time and with the lack of treatment, the lice had caused hard lesions on her skin. Pinky was given a bath and treated for lice immediately. She required several delousing treatments to eradicate the problem completely. Pinky was then visited by the equine dentist and farrier, and she has now been vaccinated and micro chipped. You can read more about Pinky and how to donate to her cause here
All four donkeys remained in the quarantine paddock for 6 weeks. The family of three were given a clean bill of health and are currently slowly being socialised with other donkeys at the sanctuary so they can eventually join the main herd.
Pinky has been moved into the Intensive Care Stables and we expect she will remain there for some time. She is now learning her new daily routine and becoming accustomed to all the attention that special care donkeys receive. A specialised diet has been introduced which she receives twice a day and Pinky has hay and straw to munch on whenever she feels like it. Over time Pinky will regain a healthy weight and enjoy her years to come at the Good Samaritan Donkey Sanctuary.