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Here you will find news about our little donkey sanctuary. Although some of the pictures are very disturbing they reflect the pain and agony our dear donkeys have been through and survived before being rescued and brought to their new home, our sanctuary.

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Two poor little donkeys hit by a car

Lucy Fensom

May 27, 2019

A few days ago we received a call from the local police in the early morning asking for our help because a poor donkey had been hit by a car and left stranded and wounded. The police had noticed him standing by the busy roadside in the Arab town of Qalansuwa ...
 

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Another two little donkeys, found beaten and abused

Lucy Fensom

April 07, 2019

ANOTHER TWO LITTLE DONKEYS, FOUND BEATEN AND ABUSED, COME TO THE SAFETY OF OUR SANCTUARY...Despite our desperately low funds, we could not turn these two donkeys away...This is Valerie and Taylor, possibly mother and son, found being viciously beaten.

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Welcome little John - born to mama Siggi

Lucy Fensom

February 16, 2019

“Each little life is safely here with us, yet the costs to keep them safe with us will continue for as long as they live”

We all know how grateful we feel when we see how rescue shelters around the world have rescued and saved a little soul.

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Welcome to the world, little Poppy!

Lucy Fensom

November 18, 2018

Our clever little Carrots finally gave birth to the tiniest, most endearing and precious little baby girl donkey I’ve ever seen. She is such a wise little soul. She has a deformity in her spine, Scoliosis so she has a little hunched back and it’s possible that she was born a little prematurely as she really is tiny.

 

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Welcome to the world, little Bru

Lucy Fensom

July 28, 2018

♥️ Finally, our dear little ‘extra long ears’ is here at our sanctuary in Israel!
Rescued mama Elsa has given birth to this handsome little soul whom we’ve named ‘Bru’.
Another little mouth soon to feed once milk alone won’t be enough!
And we cannot do it without you...

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We could rescue another abandoned donkey - Our dear Sika

Lucy Fensom

March 27, 2018

Whilst we are under instruction not to take in any more rescues until such a time when our charity may have more substantial funding, we have recently taken in another dear male donkey and I have called him Sika in memory of a friend’s beloved donkey, Sika.

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Found in the middle of a busy highway - Our dear old Esther

Lucy Fensom

March 04, 2018

News from Israel at Lucy’s donkey sanctuary. Dear old Esther... ♥️ Recently we received an emergency call from the Toll Highway people and local police asking for our help to rescue an elderly donkey as she was standing in the middle of the highway.

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We could rescue two very poor souls - Meet Michael and his dear friend Raphael

Lucy Fensom

February 07, 2018

We rescued this lovely boy, Michael, nearly 7 weeks ago, I posted a little video of his rescue story on January 15. Since he came to us, apart from his horrible back wound which is now very nearly all healed, we saw that he had large patches of layers of skin drying out and wanting to peel off. 

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Meet our little Molly

Lucy Fensom

January 15, 2018

Today we had a totally unexpected birth at our sanctuary...
Despite being just two hours old Molly already started to jump about and frisk like a lamb, thoroughly enthralled with her new, safe, little world!

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A very shy and badly abused little donkey came to us - little Moses

Lucy Fensom

December 08, 2017

Moses has just come to our sanctuary, he was a very badly abused little donkey and was found being brutally beaten. We took him whilst he was still half harnessed.

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International rescue: Meet the three women who make a chance to suffering animals worldwide

Lucy Fensom

December 02, 2017

Read about our work in the Sunday express.

Another little battered and bruised donkey rescued - dear Elijah

Lucy Fensom

November 13, 2017

We have rescued a young little boy from the same area as Noah and Jeremiah, near the Palestinian border - over-worked and beaten, left with horrible back sores and sores on his poor shoulders and rump area, from his ill fitting harness.

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This is another dear rescued boy - Jeremiah

Lucy Fensom

November 05, 2017

Like Noah a few days previously, Jeremiah was also confiscated by the Israeli army at the border. He belonged to children who were beating him on his raw open wounds.

One of the services we are able to offer at our outreach clinics in the Palestinian West Bank, is for our vet to perform humane castration operations under a full anaesthetic.

 

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We just rescued another little donkey - this is Noah

Lucy Fensom

November 03, 2017

Noah is an ungelded boy, but the vet will be coming in the next few days to see to that. 

He’s about 7 years old and was confiscated by the Israeli army, from his Palestinian owner when a couple of Israeli soldiers saw the donkey cowering as the man was beating him.

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Emergency horse rescue - continued

Lucy Fensom

November 02, 2017

I am broken hearted to have to report that the poor dear horse that we’d helped rescue from the muddy ditch a few days ago, has passed away.

 

We’d had high hopes for him and somebody had already offered him a good home once he would have recovered, but tragically it wasn’t to be.
 

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Emergency horse rescue in the city of Tayibe

Lucy Fensom

October 28, 2017

We were called out the other evening to an emergency by the municipal vet of nearby Arab village, Tayibe, here in Israel, to help a horse.

The poor boy had been stuck in a muddy, flooded ditch for days, he was very weak and starving and had to be airlifted out (sadly not so professionally) by a local man with a JCB, but at least he was lifted out to safety.

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Equine virus outbreak at Israel took our little Helen from us

Lucy Fensom

September 05, 2017

There has very sadly been a virus outbreak in Israel that originated in the Palestinian West Bank, affecting the equine respiratory tract. On Sunday, it claimed the life of one of Lucy's little donkeys, six month old Helen, despite rigorous veterinary treatment.

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Our new dear boy Alfredo

Lucy Fensom

August 15, 2017

This is our dear latest rescued boy, Alfredo (aka Whitey Boy), he's taught himself to manage on three legs. 

Alfredo was found at the back of an Israeli Arab village, Tayibe, which runs into Palestinian villages. It's presumed he must have come from there and was perhaps abandoned due to his poor leg injury which we feel sure is a result of having been ...

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***Emergency Appeal *** Forced to find new sanctuary after arson attack

Lucy Fensom

August 08, 2017

We have very upsetting news to report, as our little sanctuary has fallen victim to an arson attack. The events of the past few weeks have left us feeling dejected yet determined at best - weary, bereft and discouraged at worst. 

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A story with a happy ending

Lucy Fensom

July 20, 2017

We were recently called to rescue two poor donkeys, a male and a female. They were being kept by some orthodox boys in a religious Jewish settlement, who had apparently bought them from some passing Bedouins.

 

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Little Zachariah starts to heal

Lucy Fensom

May 23, 2017

A few weeks ago I posted a story about the beautiful boy, Zachariah, whom we'd rescued from the north of Israel. Everything suggested that he'd had his eyes deliberately and brutally removed and he would not and could not allow anything or anyone near him, even a little puff of wind made him jump and flinch.

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Little Fiona

Lucy Fensom

May 19, 2017

Two days ago we were informed that a donkey owner in the Palestinian village of Deir Istia, about 20 miles west of Qalqilya, wanted to 'throw out' a baby donkey who was 'disturbing' her mother from carrying out her daily work. Tragically here in this region, people do these wicked things.

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Treating a horrible mouth infection at the Palestinian city of Qalqilya - contin.

Lucy Fensom

May 05, 2017

One week ago I shared the story of this dear hard working boy in the Palestinian city, Qalqilya. 

He had to have a thorough cleaning of his badly infected mouth after his owner appealed to us for help when his donkey had stopped eating.

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Treating a horrible mouth infection in the Palestinian city of Qalqilya

Lucy Fensom

April 26, 2017

Just look at this poor, poor little soul... A hard working donkey in the Palestinian city of Qalqilya, right on the border with Israel. He belongs to an elderly man of about 80 years, who uses him to go to and from Market and for agricultural work out in the fields and course this is now the time of year here for cutting the grass to make bales.


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A very, very poor boy found its way to our sanctuary - Zachariah

Lucy Fensom

April 25, 2017

We've taken in a very poor boy whom I've named Zachariah. He was found in the North of Israel, the Golan Heights area. We know nothing about his history or who did what they did to him, for all we know he could even have somehow made his way across the border from Syria.


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Baby number four - little Angelo

Lucy Fensom

March 31, 2017

Our darling Apples finally gave birth: Meet dear tiny Angelo! He looks like a little Angel... He has a beautiful curly white coat and is so cute as he nearly falls asleep standing up.

Mama is fiercely protective so it's not always that easy yet to get so close. Apples is a very nervous little donkey as she was horrendously abused before she found us last year. 

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A new little surprise - Baby Sam

Lucy Fensom

March 28, 2017

26th of March is Mother's Day in the UK and though I'm British, we certainly have something to celebrate here in Israel with our very own little Mothers and Baby Unit!

 

Here is our latest new addition, little Sam born to his mama, Jane.

 

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Little Katy and blind Thomas finally safe

Lucy Fensom

March 28, 2017

Dear old Thomas (brown) and Katy both of whom have suffered a terrible life are now safe, comforting and grooming one another and enjoying their retirement at our little sanctuary. Poor Thomas is blind and Katy helps guide him round and she herself has a poor broken ear after youths twisted it and tried to pull it off.

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Arrival number 2 - Baby Helen

Lucy Fensom

March 26, 2017

Our wonderful, clever Elsa gave birth to her beautiful baby Helen on 21st February, and what a marvelous mummy she is... Elsa came to us last year having already conceived.
Little Helen is a gorgeous girl with a coal dark velvet coat and our other baby, Bilbo is already eyeing her enthusiastically knowing he'll soon have a playmate his own size!

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Our little Ginger girl

Lucy Fensom

March 26, 2017

Our latest little rescued girl, Ginger, was found abandoned in the Palestinian city, Qalqilya. You can't tell in her photos but she is very small and looks as though she was separated from her mother at too early an age but just like our little Fresco, she learned early on, to be independent and survive against the odds.

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Outreach work in the Palestinian city of Qalqilya

Lucy Fensom

March 12, 2017

This is our work in the Palestinian city of Qalqilya yesterday. Trying to make the lives of over worked donkeys and horses in that area, just slightly less unbearable - wound treatment, hoof abscesses, dental rasping, eye care, worming, pain management and a field castration.

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Good-bye, little Samson

Lucy Fensom

January 08, 2017

We lost our dear old Samson on 11th December. He was very elderly and he'd had a very hard life of suffering before finally being rescued by us a few months ago. He suffered a stroke and could not move and we very sadly had to take the decision to euthanize him.

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Happy New Year wishes from the Holy Land

Erika Winpenny

January 03, 2017

Our short 'Happy New Year' video...

So sorry it's a few days late but Lucy and her small team of volunteers have been overrun trying to deal with severe flooding at our little sanctuary in Israel, as they have had almost relentless torrential rain.

Thank you! 

Calling all UK-based supporters

Lucy Fensom

November 30, 2016

If you happen to be doing any Christmas (or other!) shopping online, would you consider helping us at absolutely no extra cost to you?

 

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Our outreach clinic in the Palestinian village of Ras Tira

Lucy Fensom

November 29, 2016

A selection of photographs of our work helping and treating the hard working donkeys and horses in Ras Tira, including a little blind foal, a crippled mule and a donkey with a severe skin irritation on all four legs. 

 

Ras Tira is a Palestinian village a few miles south of Qalqilya, which is located in central Israel, about 25 miles from the cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv. Read more ...

Another little donkey rescued and a few photos of our sanctuary

Lucy Fensom

November 17, 2016

This little donkey came to us with twisted, broken and a bit overgrown hooves and she is also nearly completely blind, her vision is very limited. We have named her Jane.

She had apparently belonged to a woman who neglected her and then abandoned her. A neighbour then tried to sell her to somebody who wanted a donkey for children's rides. Thankfully she ended up coming to our little safe, peaceful sanctuary.

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A happy reunion for Tony, the horse

Lucy Fensom

November 14, 2016

Remember our lovely Tony? We have just reunited him with his former owner!

We recently discovered that Tony, originally named Star in Arabic, had previously belonged to a local young man called Gamal. Gamal had been away overseas for a couple of years training to be a nurse, leaving his parents to continue to care for Tony.

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Our outreach work in Tulkarem

Lucy Fensom

November 11, 2016

We are the only hope for these forgotten, overworked animals...


We were asked to help a few little working animals for a family in the Palestinian city of Tulkarem yesterday evening as one of the donkeys had a large abscess.

 

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Carrot galore!

Lucy Fensom

November 07, 2016

Our new little charity may be small but it has a has big mission and a big heart! Almost every week we have nearly half a ton of carrots delivered for our donkeys completely free of charge!  ☺️


Our donkeys and horses have a real feast, as you'll see in the photographs, and we are so grateful to the Packing Company who have so kindly been donating carrots for our animals for many years.

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Meet Joan, our latest rescue

Lucy Fensom

November 07, 2016

Today we rescued this little girl and we've named her Joan.


One of our wonderful helpers, Galit, saw Joan being brutally beaten yet again by some young boys. Because this little donkey was in a bad state and on the border between a settlement and the Palestinian West Bank, and the boys became very angry when she tried to reason with them to stop, Galit called for the army's help to confiscate her.

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Our outreach clinic in the Palestinian city of Qalqilya

Lucy Fensom

November 07, 2016

This poor horse had a nasty injury to his right eye. He had apparently only been recently bought from a horse dealer and we were told he already had the injury when he was bought and that he had hit his eye on some sharp metal object...

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Our glorious little sanctuary here in Israel (and my therapy)

Lucy Fensom

October 08, 2016

In just under a year we are now 'Home' to 19 beautiful donkeys, 7 dear horses most of whom have been rescued from appalling circumstances. And we have a few little desperate, stray dogs who found their way to our peaceful haven in the midst of the suffering and sorrow that they are tragically forced to endure in the surrounding area.

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Ben Hur and Samson

Lucy Fensom

October 12, 2016

Not long ago I mentioned a bit of a covert operation which involved a hot pursuit and some 'undercover' work to get these two poor, sweet and partially blind boys to safety.

Poor old Samson was being whipped and forcefully pushed about despite his blindness. When we first saw Ben Hur he was being savagely beaten, galloped uphill at top speed and had his right eye gouged out.

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Our new little girl - Erika

Lucy Fensom

October 05, 2016

We got a call to go into the Palestinian city of Tulkarem to rescue this little donkey we decided to call Erika. She is less than a year old but was being brutally beaten and ridden by young boys. Thankfully she isn't too badly wounded, a few scrapes and sores that are easily treatable.

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Impressions from our sanctuary

Lucy Fensom

September 26, 2016

Precious times with our precious Donkeys and horses at our little sanctuary in Qualansuwa, Israel.


I thank God for all these rescued and cherished little souls.

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Tony's amazing healing process

Lucy Fensom

September 25, 2016

We rescued Tony on 8th September and have taken care of him intensively since then. He is on a special diet to help him gain weight, we cannot do it too quickly of course because that wouldn't be good for him.

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Another tragic loss of life

Lucy Fensom

September 16, 2016

Warning: upsetting photographs.
 

Once again I am sorry for having to show this tragic loss of life.
We received a call today about this poor, poor little soul. Somebody had finally noticed him in this unbearable state and we went immediately to humanely euthanize him.


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Our outreach clinic working in the Bedoiun Camp Al Razaz

Lucy Fensom

September 14, 2016

This Bedouin camp sits on a little hill just south west of the Palestinian city of Qalqilya. Both the people and their animals live in the most squalid, insalubrious conditions contrasting vastly with the fact that the view in the near distance, reveals the tall buildings of the high tech companies in the affluent city of Herzliya.

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Update about Tony the horse

Lucy Fensom

September 10, 2016

Our darling Tony out on his sunset walk. All covered in Sudocrem to help heal those open wounds but utterly determined to get through this. He has such character and spirit!

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Meet dear Tony

Lucy Fensom

September 07, 2016

Once again I apologise for these shocking photos and I warn anybody easily upset to quickly bypass this post. Tragically, just because it's easier not to look at these terrible cases, it doesn't make them stop ...

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At an agricultural crossing checkpoint

Lucy Fensom

August 31, 2016

Hard working little donkeys and horses at the agricultural crossing checkpoint between Hableh and Qalqilya in the West Bank.

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Fun and frolics at the sanctuary

Lucy Fensom

August 27, 2016

Gorgeous Bear and Mac up to their usual tricks at our sanctuary in Qalansuwa, Israel.


Thank you to those who have made this possible for them!

The Story of Samson and Ben Hur

Lucy Fensom

August 26, 2016

A short while ago I wrote about two poor, severely abused donkeys who had only ever known interaction with humans to be violent. I said how it was a difficult operation but we were working on securing their rescue.

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Another little soul