The severely cold weather is taking its toll on the hard-working team at the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary, who have issued a new appeal on behalf of their residents.
The Curran family, who care for over 70 rescued donkeys, have called on their supporters for a helping hand this week during the freezing weather.
Winter feed supplies for the donkeys are running dangerously low, and with no sign of spring weather for feeding, the sanctuary is appealing for donations to buy food.
In an online appeal, Sandra Curran explained the dire situation faced by the rescue centre:
“It has been a long, hard, cold winter here at the sanctuary and we find ourselves almost at the end of our winter feed supplies. Following last year’s disastrous harvest hay and straw are both scarce and expensive.
“We need your help to keep the donkeys fed until the first grass of Spring emerges in the paddocks. On days like today this feels like a very long way off.
“Round bales of hay are currently costing €37/€42 per bale and small square bales €4-50/€5-50. No donation is too small to help us keep our residents warm and happy.”
Thanking the kind-hearted community for their support, Sandra shared a link to a gofundme donation page at : https://www.gofundme.com/donegal-donkey-sanctuary-sos
Earlier this month, the DDS welcomed a spirited new arrival, born to a mare called Star (pictured above). The young male was aptly named Bowie, and is just one of the many donkeys in need of urgent help to stay well-fed this season.