When the Police first saw Johnny the donkey he was being savagely beaten by his owner with a metal pipe. Upon seeing this scene, fit for a horror movie, the policemen from Constanta decided to take action. They gave a fine to the owner and they left the donkey in the care of an animal-loving lady, who immediately contacted us. (more…)
Their stories touched our hearts last winter, but their staying at Footprints of Joy was shorter than we hoped for.
The donkey by the name Marcel was left in our care by his former owner, a farmer from Tulcea county (which is quite far away from Cernavoda), who was very fond of the donkey, but couldn’t afford to keep him any longer.Marcel had to be euthanized after being examined by the English veterinary from Donkey Sanctuary, Karen Richards, who was visiting our shelter. The doctor confirmed the advanced stage of the various illnesses the animal was suffering from due to his old age. He also had mastication problems which made eating difficult for him.
The other donkey who left us was called Vasile, also owned by a poor farmer from Viisoara. Vasile was used for many years by the shepherds to guard the lambs. He was suffering from arthritis, and a result the old animal couldn’t walk, even though he had received the necessary treatment. This illness and other various complications put an end to his days.
We find solace in knowing that these adorable animals had at least a few months of happiness, peace and serenity at our shelter, where they were cared for by Roxana and the staff from donkey shelter Footprints of Joy with love and devotion.
We would like to express our gratitude to the Donkey Sanctuary. They help us to keep in our permanent care 60 donkeys, making sure that these animals are being loved, helped and provided for.
The donkey we saved a few days ago in Stefan cel Mare, a village nearby Cernavoda, has fallen from a truck or perhaps a cart that transported him.
After being notified, our veterinaries tried to help the animal that was lying on the street, enduring the pain caused by the numerous terrible wounds he had, besides the broken hoof.Due to the deep cuts and wounds on his skin the animal had infections which made the use of strong anesthetic and antibiotics necessary. The animal is at the present in the custody of the family who notified the STD regarding this case. This is a family well known to us, as they were the beneficiaries of our home medical assistance services that we provide to the donkeys. This case indeed is a double success for STD. First we indeed managed succeeded to save the animal from a long and painful agony; on the other hand it has been confirmed that our program with the donkeys which has private owners are in good hands, and they do make people take responsibility in order to improve the living conditions of these often mistreated animals.
Please, be a part of this STD project! You are invited to make a donation for our cause of “Assistance for donkeys in private ownerships”.
A couple of weeks ago we received a phone call at the Save the Dogs headquarter from Tulcea County. It came from an owner who could not take care of his donkey any longer, requesting our help in offering shelter to the animal. Winter is a very difficult time of year for the people living in Romanian villages, because they don’t have the means to stock the necessary quantity of hay and they cannot secure even the most necessary supplies for their animals.
We do not know how this man had heard about us, but when we met him we saw that he was a good-hearted and generous person, who decided to donate the donkey to STD instead of selling him to a slaughterhouse (more…)