SID (Super Important Donkey)
In December 2019 we first heard of a Donkey who was tied up at a slaughterhouse 45 minutes north of us. We were asked if we would be willing to negotiate with the management for his life, after much discussion it was agreed he could be surrendered to us if we were willing to pay $500 for his life. At that stage we did not have the funds to do so, so we reached out to our amazing supporters and asked if they would be willing to contribute to his rescue, transportation and medical costs. Incredibly the funds were raised within 24 hours and shortly after SID arrived at the sanctuary. Scared, covered in scars and wary of anyone who came close to him. But most importantly, safe.
First we had him fully checked over by our vet, we then made a plan to bring him back to full health, physically and mentally. Ten months later, he had a breakthrough! He opened up and approached us, looking for affection. He now loves having his body scratched and brushed, he loves carrots, apples and any other treats we bring him.
Shortly after he began to open, up he met his best friend Jack, who allowed him to progress even further on the road to recovery. He is such a kind and gentle being, we can not even fathom what he has been through in the past. But we do know he has a bright future with nothing but love, affection and most importantly... Treats!