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Helping the Cyprus Donkey

The Donkey Sanctuary (Cyprus) is in the Paphos stretch of its Outreach programme, visiting communities around the district to support donkey owners and ensure the animals are properly cared for.

Paphos villages on the list include Giolou, Lasa and Polemi.

According to the Sanctuary’s website: “Many donkeys remain an important agricultural animal on the island particularly working in vineyards and olive groves where machinery can’t reach.”

Our team frequently encounter donkeys suffering with overgrown feet, parasites (such as worms), dental problems and untreated wounds. Although we ask for a donation, all treatments are provided free of charge and much emphasis is given on working with the owners to help prevent problems in the future. In cases where the animal is too old to work, has health problems that can be dealt with or the owner is struggling to care for the animal, we will rescue the donkey”.

The Sanctuary considers the Outreach Programme, which operates throughout the districts of Larnaca, Limassol, Nicosia, Famagusta and Paphos, as a vital part of its work.

“Advice is often asked for and given to owners as well as literature on many aspects of donkey care. Every year we help more and more donkeys on the island through the Programme which in turn can help the owners, many of whom still rely on their donkey on a daily basis.

Through visiting more donkeys the owners know they can contact us for support and the number of calls we now receive has increased dramatically over the years. Previously it was not unusual to find abandoned donkeys but now owners know they can contact us, not only for advice but also if they are no longer able to care for their donkey,” the Sanctuary’s website notes.

The Donkey Sanctuary (Cyprus) is a non – profit organisation based near Limassol in Cyprus.

The organisation is a subsidiary of The Donkey Sanctuary UK, the largest donkey charity in the world operates in some 27 countries worldwide.

According to the Domestic Animal Diversity Information System of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, there are two principal strains of Cyprus Donkey-a large dark-coloured type with a pale belly, probably of European origin; and a small grey African type. A number live in a feral state in the Karpas Peninsular (Dipkarpaz) but, even now, most remain domesticated for agricultural use.

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