These are Carina and Rigoletto in the fields surrounding our shelter. They come from the Bucharest circus. The other 6 horses were “handed over” to farmers victim of floods, and will have to tow heavy carts. Unfortunately these animals are not used to working and will not survive too long in Rumanian farms… Carina and Rigoletto were the luckiest ones: they were being taken to the slaughterhouse, when some members of our association found them. We could not help saving them from a miserable death. Carina’s health conditions are very critical: she is heavily suffering from malnutrition, from laminitis (a bad infection of the equine foot) and from kidney problems. We still don’t know whether we can help her recover, despite the valuable assistance of the Donkey Sanctuary’s vets, but we are doing our best.
For three days a team of Romanian vets has been following a training under the supervision of English specialists sent by Donkey Sanctuary Foundation. More than 60 donkeys belonging to farmers and poor families have been cured for free, have been freed from internal and external parasites and have been cleaned.
As soon as spring came, we needed to protect Salvo and Nicu from the swarms of mosquitos and flies aiming at them. Whereas the job’ was successful for Nicu, nothing could be done for Salvo: our friend was all the way reluctant to receive any treatment, and started kicking in all directions. We will have to wait for Elena Grisafi from ATRA, the only one who can approach Salvo and rid him from the insects without risking her life!
The Donkey Sanctuary deputy chief executive Paul Svendsen visited last february our shelter in Cernavoda, after an invitation received by ATRA Nauchatel. Paul, that has been fighting with his organization to improve worldwide the donkey’s conditions, has checked up the villagges around Cernavoda, where many donkeys are still used as working animals. Save the Dogs and Other Animals and The Donkey Sanctuary are considering the chance of a partnership to run a training and free medical treatment project in the sorroundings of Cernavoda.
SALVO AND ANGELO
Elena from ATAR with Salvo, the first donkey saved by the Canibucarest project.
Salvo, 5 years old.
Salvo, the first donkey saved in Romania in May 2004 thanks to the Atra Neuchatel’s donation.
He was drawing a small cart, with his little mate, on behalf of a gipsy couple. No one has ever filed his hooves in all his life, so his legs had become twisted because of the unnatural position he had to sustain.
When we rescued him , by just paying 40 euros, he was dirty and hungry. When, one month later, we went back wanting to rescue his mate as well, it was too late:
she had been run over by a car and slaughtered right were she was in order to stop her pain.
Angelo, 8 years old.
While Salvo soon recovered from his bad state, Angelo is taking more time to reach the same results. Few days ago some health problems appeared, and we’re just trying to solve them.
He was destined to a mediator who was going to sell him to some Italian traders. His flesh would have reached the tables of some families in the South of Italy. Angelo costed 40 euros too.
After his first encounter with Salvo, and a troubled beginning, the two had become inseparable and one dares not to move one step away from the other.
We’re building up a stable for the winter time and we’ve already stored hay, maize and cereals. Every two days Salvo and Angelo eat plenty of fruits and carrots, which they like very much.
Building up stable for the winter time
After Angelo, our first donkey, died, Salvo was feeling lonely and depressed. In few days, Nico arrived. He’s a 20 years old donkey bought from the same owner of Angelo (at the usual cost of 40 euro). One of his eyes is blind because of the cateratta, but, as for the rest, he’s doing rather fine in spite of his 20 years of hard work in the romanian plains.
TO HELP US WITH THE MAINTENANCE OF THE DONKEYS YOU CAN LONG DISTANCE ADOPT SALVO WITH A DONATION OF 20 EUROS EACH MONTH (SEE THE SECTION ADOPTIONS).