Seven stray donkeys are wanting caring homes
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.