Thirty year old donkey ‘Oreo’ rescued from a lifetime of hunger and neglect

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Oreo’s frail body on arrival

The Donkey Sanctuary, Louth County Council and the equine pound in Louth recently collaborated when there was a report of four abandoned donkeys in the Cooley Mountains, Louth.

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Scamper on arrival with painful, overgrown feet

The four dishevelled donkeys were seized by the County Council and taken to Louth Pound. Officers got in touch with The Donkey Sanctuary whose welfare team began the began the journey to bring these four donkeys to the safety and protection of the Sanctuary in Liscarroll.

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Oreo’s feet are very painful so he wears padding for comfort

All four donkeys’ feet needed attention, especially Scamper, who had approximately 4 inches of growth as a result of not being treated by a farrier but the most worrying discovery was the smallest donkey in the group, called Oreo. Oreo was emaciated, his bones protruding from his weak body. Oreo was treated by the Veterinary team, the farrier and the Equine Dental Technician (EDT). The EDT determined his age and told us that Oreo was 30 years old and his teeth were in very poor condition due to neglect.

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Oreo and friend Pacino

The other donkeys Pacino and Oakley were younger and slightly stronger than Oreo although they suffered with a worm infection and overgrown feet, these health issues have since been addressed by the Sanctuary’s Veterinary team.

The greatest obstacle with these four frightened donkeys is trying to teach them that they are safe now and can trust humans again. This is the beginning of their new life and their days of solitude and hunger are behind them.

They can look forward to a lifetime of love and protection and hopefully they will get to experience the ultimate fairy-tale ending in finding a home of their own with loving Guardians as part of The Donkey Sanctuary Rehoming Scheme.

If you would like to make a donation towards the care of Oreo, Scamper, Pacino and Oakley please log onto
All donations are gratefully received.

About The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland Ltd

The Donkey Sanctuary was founded by Paddy Barrett in 1987. Since then we have rescued over 5,200 donkeys and provided them with care and sanctuary for life. We work throughout Ireland to improve the quality of life for donkeys and are dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating abandoned, abused and neglected donkeys and mules. Our mission is to transform the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support.

We aim to educate the public on how to best care for your donkey and are always willing to offer advice and promote lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships. We have a visitor centre and beautiful walkways that are free to explore in the heart of Liscarroll, near Mallow, Co. Cork.


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