Seven stray don­keys are want­ing car­ing homes

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - STEFNI HER­BERT

A FARMER handed over seven stray don­keys to the SPCA this week and soon they could be look­ing for new homes.

The own­ers have sev­eral weeks in which to claim their stray an­i­mals back and then they will go up for adop­tion.

Al­lan Per­rins, CEO for the Cape of Good Hope So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals, said the or­gan­i­sa­tion col­lected seven don­keys from a farmer in At­lantis on Tues­day.

“A concerned farmer chased the don­keys on to his farm and then called the SPCA Horse Care Unit.

“He had told us that it was a con­cern of his that these don­keys were al­lowed to stray be­cause there is pos­si­bil­ity of them be­ing knocked over,” said Per­rins. “The amaz­ing thing about these don­keys is that some of them are a sim­i­lar breed to theJerusalem don­key Je­sus rode on.”

Don­keys are known to be stub­born, said Per­rins, but their in­tel­li­gence is of­ten mis­taken for stub­born­ness.

“Don­keys are ex­tremely for­giv­ing, loyal an­i­mals who are quite in­tel­li­gent, and I say this be­cause they are great guard an­i­mals.

“Peo­ple use don­keys to guard herds of goat and sheep and pro­tect the herds from pre­da­tion,” said Per­rins.

There are two types of don­keys, the Jerusalem don­key which is brown and the Si­cil­ian don­key which is grey.

Per­rins, a for­mer don­key owner him­self, says that all of these don­keys have won­der­ful tem­per­a­ments and would make great com­pan­ions.

The SPCA’s farm­yard in Grassy Park is burst­ing at the seams with live­stock.

Af­ter ac­quir­ing the first seven don­keys, they have added two more.

They also have over 13 cows, about 12 goats and a few sheep.

Call the SPCA on 021 700 4173/40.

RES­CUED: SPCA in­spec­tors Michael Her­bert and Al­wyn Marais off­load the don­keys at the so­ci­ety’s fa­cil­ity in Grassy Park.

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