HAPPA’s Little Donkey arrives in time for Christmas.

14 December 2023

A little donkey is now safe and secure in time for Christmas, thanks to intervention by registered equine welfare charity HAPPA (Horses and Ponies Protection Association).

The donkey came to the attention of HAPPA’s Equine Inspectors due to a concern, it was soon established that the owners loved the donkey and wanted the best for him but could no longer care for him due to his challenging behaviours. So, it was agreed that the best thing for the little donkey was to be taken into the Charity’s care. HAPPA will always work with the owners to ensure the best outcome for the equine.

HAPPA Jack Frost the Donkey has now settled in to his stable at Shores Hey Farm, he will hopefully be able to move onto the Main Yard just in time for Santa to arrive. A full team of specialist Equine Care Elves are working hard to give him all the care and attention he needs.

Head Equine Care Elf, Rachael Wallace, explains, “Jack Frost, at 14 years old, has a long journey ahead of him, it certainly will not be easy to gain his trust. We are spending time with him daily and taking our time to ensure we can improve his physical health and address any behavioral issues; we all hope he will be on Santa’s nice list! The hope is that he will make a full recovery and go on to find a Forever Home full of love and happiness.”

After receiving initial veterinary treatments, Jack will now need to work up to having a visit from the Farrier to tend to his hooves. Jack Frost will need to have frequent visits from the Farrier to improve his hooves, which are currently overgrown. He will also need treatment for a lice infestation and his equine vaccinations. As HAPPA’s only donkey resident and due to his different dietary requirements, bales of straw have been bought especially for him.

Winter is always a challenge for the Charity, and this year is no different with extra animals coming into care all the time. We are asking the public to please support our latest resident to help him through Christmas and the New Year. He is sure to be given all the attention he needs by the dedicated, expert equine care team, but all this costs and we want the best for his future.

If you would like to contribute to HAPPA Jack Frost’s Care Costs, you can make a donation on the website https://www.happa.org.uk/donate/ be sure to leave a special message for Jack and our team of Equine Care Elve

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