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Animal Inspector training is a great success

The first half of basic donkey health care training for Limassol District’s Animal Inspectors took place in July 2014 at Limassol Veterinary Department.

We had originally been informed that there would be around 25 people attending so we thrilled when over 30 arrived. Not only were the Animal Inspectors there, but also some vets, a donkey owner and vet students – one from Greece, some from Cyprus and another working in Slovenia.

With the aid of a presentation and our pretend donkey called Ranger, we were able to show examples of problems that we come across, explain some of the differences between horses and donkeys, as well as demonstrating and explaining how to identify the main health issues donkeys can suffer from.

We also showed everyone the contents of their information pack and certificate they will receive when they complete the second part in October. Everyone was very keen to come back, especially as we’ll be taking one of our real donkeys along.

A huge thank you goes to Constantinos Economides, the Chief Veterinary Officer of Limassol District Veterinary, for providing first class facilities, and to everyone who gave us such positive and complimentary feedback.

Animal inspector training

Little Helena playing around

Although we put our foal, Helena, in with our oldies group a month ago to learn a bit more about being a donkey, at five months old she still has a lot of energy to burn off. A trip to the shop and €1 later, we put two cheap balls into the paddock to see if she would be interested in playing with them.

Helena

Young supporters help our donkeys

We all know that to improve animal welfare, we need to educate the younger generation. Without having a visitor centre this has become much more difficult for us and so we were delighted to hear from some young supporters who wanted to help us.

Limassol Junior Grammar School are very involved in learning about the environment and animal welfare. The school has its own environmental club which many of the children belong to and the group organised a fundraising bake sale which raised an amazing €125 for our donkeys.

A big thank you to everyone including the bakers and the buyers! We’re so grateful for your hard work and support.

Panikos, aged 14, is another keen young supporter who is very interested in donkeys and wants to learn as much as he can about them. He has saved his money, already adopted two of our donkeys and wants to do more to help.

When he was a very small child he used to ride his grandfather’s working donkey, which is where his love of these special creatures began. As a special treat, we took him to see some of our donkeys and during the visit we talked about what our farrier does.

Panikos told us he would like to see our farrier at work and ask him questions – who knows, he may become a farrier himself?

Grammar Junior School

Kayak champions promote our work

We were recently contacted by a young couple, who were coming to Cyprus on holiday, if we would like them to make a short video about our work. James and Katia are both international freestyle kayak competitors and we were curious to find out what their interest in donkeys was. Apparently, although they have some sponsorship for their sport, they needed to have some income and so James had started by videoing his sport which then developed into producing videos.

Filming donkeys

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