A donkey who was left to die on the streets after the devastating earthquake in Syria was rescued by animal welfare group Ernesto’s Sanctuary for Syrian Cats. The group has been rescuing cats, dogs, donkeys and other animals in the country since the earthquake.
“Who remembers the rescue of this donkey thrown on the street last week, given up for dead? Look at her after a few days of care, nutrition, and love. Now, she is happy on our farm,” the group said on Twitter while sharing a video of a donkey.
The house of the donkey’s owner was destroyed, and the animal was left by the road. “We hydrated her immediately and took her away from that place where people thought she was dying, and here she is a few hours later, happy walking and eating,” the sanctuary said a week ago.
Who remembers the rescue of this donkey thrown on the street last week given up for dead?— Ernesto’s Sanctuary for Syrian Cats (@theAleppoCatmen) February 27, 2023
Look at it after a few days of care and nutrition and love .
now it is happy on our farm. pic.twitter.com/6V49CLFtLo
Ernesto’s founder, Alessandra Abidin, told news platform The Washington Post that her group was the only one in northwest Syria focused on finding animals. Without the animal welfare group, the animals left behind by their humans would likely die.
“Since that sad February day, many animals have fled. Some are approaching a slower and sadder death now if we don’t something,” the group said on Sunday. They find skinny and injured cats, dogs and other animals daily.
The suffering is still so much and daily here in Syria . pic.twitter.com/VAboUjSkLN— Ernesto’s Sanctuary for Syrian Cats (@theAleppoCatmen) February 22, 2023
Donkeys have played an important role in Syria for centuries, particularly in rural areas where they are used for transportation and agriculture. Their numbers have gone in recent years, and in certain areas the animals are mistreated or neglected.