In May this year, we had to say goodbye to a very special donkey – Tom. He was 26 years old. It was a very difficult decision, and despite our very best efforts to treat him, we eventually had to let him go, as we did not want him suffering.
It is always very difficult for us, each time we have to say farewell to any of our dearest donkeys.
We first met Tom in 2011 through our community programme, the owner contacted us in order to check whether we could take Tom, as he did not have a proper place to keep him. The field that Tom was in belonged to someone else who needed it, and so Tom had nowhere to go.
As soon as we met Tom we could tell he was a lovely and well behaved donkey and would fit in well with our herd.
Tom was so excited when he arrived at the Sanctuary. He was so keen to meet all the other donkeys. Especially after he had spent some time in the isolation unit on his own, you can imagine how happy he was he could finally meet his new friends.
He epitomised the absolute joy of life; always trying to do anything that would make you smile. Rolling on the ground was one of his favourite habits, and then he would instantly get up making funny faces at you – visitors absolutely loved him!
Tom was always sniffing his carers’ t-shirts, and if their scent were any good to him, he would start chewing them off!
Tom has left us with countless sweet memories of him and our time with him, we wish more people could have met him. However, those who have met Tom will tell you that he was a real gem.
We will always carry you in our hearts sweetie. May your beautiful soul rest in peace.