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It was February 20, 2018, exactly one year ago, when we were talking for the first time about the Lunghezza Seizure, just outside Rome. After years of reports, complaints and dozens of dead animals, finally the Public Prosecutor of Rome had seized the 60 horses, ponies, mules and bards who survived.
Four is better than two: some weeks ago, Apple and Milly's donkey guardians have welcomed two more donkeys, Maria and Fontana, and they double the joy of our foster scheme. Now these four lucky donkeys are enjoying an amazing home on the mountains in Reggio Emilia and sharing the love of their new family.
There are many kinds of love and re-homing a pair of donkey is definitely one of them. To thank all our gorgeous donkey guardians who have opened their homes and hearts to 49 donkeys of our sanctuary so far, we asked to one of them, Fabio, to tell by his very own words his "wonderful adventure" with donkeys Paolo and Zoe.
Il Rifugio degli Asinelli was established in 2006 and is a subsidiary of The Donkey Sanctuary, UK.
For more than 40 years, The Donkey Sanctuary has provided donkey assisted activities for children. Over the past four decades the programme has evolved to enable the provision of interactive, psychosocial, Donkey Facilitated and Equine Assisted Learning Programmes that utilise mutually enriching interaction sessions aimed at enhancing the wellbeing of donkeys and critical life skills of vulnerable people.
They are more and more comfy in their new home, the five donkeys that we brought here last week from Alessandria seizure. We are doing and will do our best so that they can forget their difficult past and start a new life. Besides a safe and warm shelter, healthy food and many, well-deserved attention from our dedicated staff, in order to get them back on track they also need more: medical therapies and customised interventions.
As you already know, for the last weeks we have been involved in a big seizure in Alessandria, Piedmont: in a few days, with the help of so many people, we managed to find a home to 43 donkeys. Five more, the ones most needing our cares, are safe at our sanctuary now.
Zara and Moro were the first we noticed, as we entered the farm where the 48 donkeys under seizure had been provisionally placed over 40.
Yesterday, after a 3 hour trip, we brought to our Rifugio seven of the 48 donkeys under seizure in Alessandria: 2 have already left to reach Nata Libera shelter, while 5 - the ones in worst conditions - will remain at our sanctuary,
About the new arrivals
These five donkeys urgently need proper cares and were at risk of not being chosen by any caretakers (expecially the big-sized stallions).