Mainly due to our Outreach Programme helping to keep donkeys with their owners, most of the donkeys that are relinquished to us are very elderly and invariably have some health issues. This is certainly true of dear old Johnny, a semi-retired working donkey, who at around 35 years old had lost a lot of weight since we saw him last year.
Despite his owner’s best efforts, he asked if we could take Johnny in as he realised he was in need of intensive, long term specialist care which the owner was unable to provide. Being so thin, as you can see from the photo, we really hoped there were no hidden problems other than his teeth.
After a full check-up we found that Johnny had several health problems as well as some dental issues. Receiving the medications he needed, we also slowly started giving him some soaked pony nuts and soft chopped straw and within two weeks he had put on some weight. He’s such a lovely old boy, very happy and really loves his food and lots of cuddles and will soon join our Additional Needs Group. If you’re wondering why he hasn’t got a Cypriot name, Johnny is the English version of Yiannis and there are far too many Yiannis around here!!