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.
This time the victim of the abuse was not a homeless dog, but one that was living in a monastery in Tulcea County. The dog was attacked by a shower of darts blown from a pipe that injured him rather severely on the snout (as you can see on the picture below). The nuns, who were already familiar with our work and have known about the centre of Save the Dogs in Medgidia, took the injured animal there, where it was taken into the care of our staff.. (more…)