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Donkeys 'saved from death' weeks before Christmas

Donkeys 'saved from death' weeks before Christmas

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:13pm 17th December 2019. (Updated at 7:11am 18th December 2019)

Two donkeys are now happily living in Cornwall after being 'saved from death' just weeks before Christmas 

Penryn-based donkey sanctuary, The Flicka Foundation, rushed to save Marla and Peaches after hearing about their situation.

The mother and daughter pair, aged 21 and 17, were reportedly being kept in a holding pen with the "meat man" in France.

The animals were taken there when their previous owners could no longer care for them. They were due to make the horrific journey to the abattoir in Italy for slaughter, in just one weeks' time. 

The race was on to get the pair to a safe holding, but, first, funds to cover the rescue mission had to be raised. 

From previous experience, the charity knew they would need to find a minimum of £4000 to cover boarding fees, transport to the UK, paperwork and certificates, as well as initial veterinary and healthcare costs for the equines. 

Marla and peaches - donkeys rescued by The Flicka Foundation

"We frantically launched an urgent fundraising appeal and we were truly overwhelmed by the kind and generous support we received - hitting our target in less than 24 hours! As soon as we raised the necessary funds to save Marla and Peaches, we worked quickly, liaising with our contacts in France to ensure we could rescue them in time, and we are thrilled that we did just that.

"Knowing we have saved these girls is wonderful, but their story serves as a stark reminder of the cruelty that millions of donkeys suffer worldwide when they are sold into the meat trade or exploited as working animals".

Charity Director, Judy Giles

Luckily the charity managed to get everything sorted in time, and the pair are now safe at the sanctuary in Cornwall.

"Marla and Peaches are now settling in at our sanctuary and receiving the veterinary care they desperately needed, as well as all the love and attention they crave. Poor Marla had terrible teeth, which have now been treated, but she will require a carefully managed feeding regime. 

"To know these beautiful girls went from being just days away from certain death to having a safe, forever home is just the best Christmas present we could ever ask for! Everyone here at Flicka would like to extend a massive, heartfelt thank you to the kind people who made this happen".

Centre Manager, Lucy Cooper 

Marla and peaches - donkeys rescued by The Flicka Foundation

You can follow the progress of Marla and Peaches on The Flicka Foundation's Facebook page

The charity has also recently launched an urgent appeal to cover the costs of caring for its equine residents over the winter months.

You can read more and find out how to donate here.

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