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The latest on Zachariah, the blind donkey

Lucy’s new sanctuary feels truly a happier place than the one before in Qalansuwa. The one surefire way to know of course, is through the donkeys themselves.

And there’s one little boy especially who seems much happier and a little more relaxed as the days pass by. He manages to venture outside his stable, into the main shelter and then even stands outside enjoying a bit of sunshine! And that is dear Zachariah. He was rescued a few months back from Israel’s Northern border with Syria, having had both eyes gouged out and what looks like old stab wounds on either side of his neck. He was severely traumatised at first, and justifiably set against humans. It is only thanks to Lucy’s patience and gentleness that bit by bit she managed to gain more and more of his trust, and it is simply wonderful to see that he’s now much more relaxed and, as long as he is approached calmly, with people talking gently to him as they approach, he even really enjoys a cuddle! His little face actually looks less stressed, more calm, almost smiling.

Due to the fact that he has no eyes, he is quite a loner, but Lucy has started to occasionally put sensitive, gentle Joan in his stable with him - just for short periods as she doesn’t want to overwhelm him. Lucy hopes that this way, it may help increase Zachariah’s confidence. He doesn’t seem too enthralled when she’s with him, but perhaps she has ‘after effects’!

Would you consider making a regular donation to help ensure Lucy can continue to look after Zachariah and his fellow rescued donkeys, and guarantee they’ll always have their safe and loving sanctuary to protect them? You can do so via UK standing order or via PayPal. Of course we appreciate one-off donations just as much, no matter how large or small - every donation helps! Thank you for support.

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