The Sanctuary Residents
As at March 2020, the sanctuary in Israel is home to 49 donkeys and 3 horses, most of them rescued in Israel or the Palestinian West Bank from appalling circumstances, abuse or because they were abandoned, plus 5 rescued cats and 2 rescued dogs. Here, we would like to introduce you to some of the equine residents and their stories.
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Dear old Arnold was terribly abused at a market after being left abandoned in torrential rain. He was found by youngsters who decided to torment him and stone him and it took a week or so to secure his rescue. He is so grateful to be at the sanctuary, despite the abuse he’s suffered and the discomfort of his wounds and scars. He is a gentle and calm little donkey who has immediately found his place within our herd.
Harry (the darker boy) and Paulo (the lighter) were rescued in July 2019. These two working donkeys were found being severely beaten next to a village that backs onto the Palestinian West Bank. They were confiscated by the Israeli army and Lucy was called to their rescue. Both had scars and wounds that are thankfully now healing. They were brought safely to the sanctuary during the night and are very attached to each other - possibly because of the trauma they both suffered & their joint rescue.
Alan had been hit by a car and left stranded and wounded by a busy roadside in the Arab town of Qalansuwa in late May 2019. The police called Lucy who found out that Alan had already been there for a few hours. He had lost a fair amount of blood and was bleeding from his nose, he also had various cuts on his body as well as above his eye and he was dehydrated. Thanks to Lucy's loving care, he's now healing and settling nicely in the sanctuary.
Taylor was rescued by Lucy in early April 2019, along with Valerie, who we believe is his mother. They were both being viciously beaten and Lucy was called to rescue them - they were rescued right before a bad storm hit and are now safe and warm at Lucy's sanctuary. Both have scars and injuries, showing what a hard life they must have endured before their rescue.
Valerie was rescued by Lucy in early April 2019, along with Taylor, who we believe is her son. They were both being viciously beaten and Lucy was called to rescue them - they were rescued right before a bad storm hit and are now safe and warm at Lucy's sanctuary. Both have scars and injuries, showing what a hard life they must have endured before their rescue.
Zachariah was found in the Golan Heights area of Israel in April 2017. We know nothing about his history and for all we know he could even have somehow made his way across the border from Syria. He had both eyes gouged out in an act of unspeakable cruelty and has what look like old stab wounds on either side of his neck. It has taken months and months of patience and care, as, understandably, he was terrified of people at first. But now he enjoys cuddles from Lucy - a massive step forward!
When Lucy first saw Ben Hur, he was being savagely beaten and galloped uphill at top speed. And he had had his right eye gouged out. Unsurprisingly, he was quite vicious and intent on harming people after Lucy rescued him. Despite his past and the fact that he can get a tad boisterous sometimes with the other boy donkeys, he has come a long way and definitely enjoys the occasional cuddle from Lucy. He is a war torn hero and a truly loveable character.
Fiona came to Lucy's sanctuary because her owner in the Palestinian village of Deir Istia, about 20 miles west of Qalqilya, wanted to 'throw out' a baby donkey who was disturbing her mother from carrying out her daily work! Separating such a young foal from her mother was heartbreaking, but had Lucy not taken her, her fate would have been terrible. She's grown into a happy, healthy donkey and has many donkey friends at the sanctuary, especially Fresco and Sam.
Little Fresco was only 10 days old when Lucy picked him up in Qalqilya after one of the horse owners attending Lucy's mobile clinic there told her that the foal's mother had been killed 5 days previously. He had been trying to feed him cow milk but it was difficult and the little donkey was depressed. Lucy took him back and nursed him back to health. He's now a happy, healthy donkey living at the sanctuary.