We received a worried phone call by the daughter of the owner of a donkey called Mercedes, requesting our help.
Mercedes’ owner was struggling with ill health, and at the age of 80, was unable to take care of his cherished pet.
For many years, Mercedes was his owner’s special helper for his daily routine, transporting goods to and from various locations.
Donkeys are important draught animals for people unable to access a car. Mercedes’ name is homage to the vital support he offered to his owner, who would not have been able to carry on with his livelihood without his important equine helper.
Mercedes lived with his owner in a small community, sited in the picturesque village in Nicosia, close to the Troodos Mountains here in Cyprus.
In his youth, Mercedes was just one of many donkeys helping their owners carry wood, groceries and olives – and at times, their children!
However, as time went on, the number of residents in the vicinity began to diminish and vehicles in the day-to-day living replaced donkeys.
Because of this lifestyle change, the importance of donkeys began to lessen and the animals were eventually withdrawn from their roles, either being rehomed in nearby villages for work or to be kept as pets.
With no one willing to take Mercedes from his owner, one of the owner’s relatives contacted us to see if we could come to the rescue. The Donkey Sanctuary Cyprus is at full capacity in terms of space in its holding bases and the commitment to its donkey population require long-term care. Relinquishments are no longer allowed to ensure the organisation is able to provide the high standards care to its current population and sustainability to its operations. Support community programme and collaboration with local authorities are the key areas the organisation is working on to prevent future abandonment and relinquishments.
However, Mercedes’s owner is a good example of responsible owner and we did acknowledge his commitment to provide the best care to his beloved donkey until the very end of his life. After have checked that no alternative solutions were available in the best interest of Mercedes, we welcomed him. He is now in our isolation unit as he undergoes the mandatory health checks before joining our other resident donkeys here at The Donkey Sanctuary Cyprus.
We will continue to follow Mercedes’ story and update you as he progresses in his new home.
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