IMPORTANT AGREEMENT WITH THE DONKEY SANCTUARY TO HELP DONKEYS IN ROMANIA
Following our first’ joint effort’ in 2005 (when a team of British experts’ came to visit’ the dozens’ of donkeys in the village surrounding Cernavoda), STD and the foundation’ The Donkey Sanctuary’ have begun working on’ a new project together.’ Up until now, STD has has cared for these splendid animals drawing upon on its own resources (as you can see by visiting the DONKEYS section’ of our website), but from today on, we’ll be able to count on the support of the Donkey Sanctuary, that will fully cover the costs of maintaining the donkeys in the Association’s care. But, this is not all: the Foundation will also bear all the medical costs of privately owned donkeys (often patients at our clinic) and, twice per year, it will send its own team of experts from Great Britain. The good news, however, doesn’t stop here: during the visit of Paul Svendsen, the Donkey Sanctuary’s European Director (in the photo along with Sara Turetta), ten donkeys, abandoned in the fields due to a shortage of food, were rescued. The ten donkeys—found eating poisoned corn left throughout the fields by some farmers who were irritated by their presence—were saved after a very “eventful” rescue mission.
Some of the new arrivals eating and drinking in their pen in Cernavoda.
Having reached the limit of 16 donkeys at the shelter in Cernavoda, the Donkey Sanctuary has decided to transfer 12 of them to the Donkey Shelter, the new Italian sanctuary that the foundation is opening in the province of Biella.’ On the 20th of December our Romanian donkeys (including Sheila and Luca) will arrive in Italy. They will be the first Romanian donkeys to come to our country having as their destination a place other than the slaughterhouse. Each year, as a matter of fact, tens of thousands of donkeys are exported by Italian merchants and sent to Italy only to become pot roasts and salamis. On the contrary, Nicu, Salvo, Rigoletto and a young donkey rescued recently will remain in Cernavoda. Thanks to the efforts made by the Donkey Sanctuary, it won’t be necessary to continue the “adoption at a distance”, program, not even for the four donkeys that will remain in Romania.’ In the next few days STD will send out an official notice to all those who have adopted one of our donkeys. .
The pen in Cernavoda with a few of its 16 residents
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