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We received an upsetting message on our social media page about a donkey running loose in the busy streets of Nicosia.
For some time now, this donkey was entering the streets from the North occupied area of Cyprus, and then going back. This was occurring nearly every day in the evening.
Locals were extremely concerned as there was a risk of injury to humans and the animal itself.
We are sad to announce that Socrates (Socs for short), the much-loved donkey who came into our care in 2021, has passed away at the age of 26.
Some of you may remember the story of Socrates. In 2012, the Government’s Veterinary Department asked us if we could take three donkeys that were part of an animal welfare case, one of whom was Socrates. The donkeys had already been removed from the property and were being cared for temporarily by one of the Government vets.
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.
A very kind supporter - who is also a writer, has contacted us some time ago in order to express her wonderful gesture in helping us… She has written a book which reveals the story of a small female donkey, who was born here in Cyprus in the very old days.
The name of the book is Grizoulla - named after the donkey, and it is the story of the trials, tribulations and joys of a Cypriot donkey. This kind lady has decided to donate a few copies of the book to us in order to help raise funds for our work and donkeys on the island!
We are sure those of you who knew Beau, will be as devastated as we were when our dear, dashing boy suddenly passed away on March 21st….
Beau had been under daily treatment for respiratory problems for the past few weeks, but unfortunately and despite our very best efforts did not improve and quietly passed away in his sleep at the age of 21 years old.
He will be greatly missed and none of us will ever forget his bold, but also kind nature.
We would like to let you know about our lovable adoption donkey, Beau.
Our donkey friend has given many years of his life providing much love and pleasure to his fantastic family of adopters, and so we know that you will be sad to hear that from 1st March 2019 Beau will be retiring from his role in the adoption scheme. On the advice of our expert team, we felt it was time he had a well-earned rest from being in the limelight.
Back in 2015, we wrote about Adonis' rescue.
To help refresh your memory, Adonis was a beautiful and lovely natured young stallion, who was very well cared for and much loved by his owner who also had Adonis' mother.
Not long after visiting the two donkeys during our outreach at the time, we received a frantic phone call from the owner telling us that after his donkeys had been let loose by someone, Adonis had badly damaged his left eye.