The Pegasus Society Monthly Update
A PERSONAL REQUEST FOR HELP: This upcoming year is going to be one of the hardest yet, for several reasons:
The raise in hay prices last year. Due to little rain this year we fear the prices may rise again and so more donkeys and horses shall be abandoned
WSPA supported us since our very first step in 2007 in a five-year-long program, and have supported us an extra year due to our difficult financial issues. However, the program is over and so the organization's considerable donation has dwindled in a way that impacted on our funding painfully.
We still keep rescuing other donkeys and horses. Most of them won't be rehomed and would spend the rest of their lives at the sanctuary, while with each rescue there is fuel and medical bills to pay.
The Society has now 17,000$ debt in feeding-fees.We'd greatly appreciate any help you could offer, if it's by adopting one of our residents, or by a 10$ monthly donation or a one-time donation of any amount. We receive plenty of calls each day asking for help, yet we can not fund all those rescues without further support.
The Pegasus Society
Golan, a police officer in Ramla, received a call from a concerned citizen that saw a group of teenagers abusing a thin horse.
Golan is a big person – both in body and soul. Even before this incident, he donated to Pegasus and adopted Wolfson the donkey with a monthly donation.
A few minutes after Golan received the call, he and his fellow officers arrived at the scene. All teenagers but one managed to escape. It was a difficult sight to behold – I understood that from Golan's voice when we spoke.
When I arrived, I saw the horse standing as pictured – motionless, apathetic, exhausted – his eyes spoke for him, saying he reached his limit.
The horse was sickly thin. The sides of his lips were injured from jerking his head-harness violently, and on his back there were two big wounds that were caused from riding with a badly fitted saddle. His hip showed a past trauma, and that he's crippled. When I saw the blood stains on his legs, Golan told me the horse was probably stabbed at his genitalia. He added that a passerby told him he heard one of the teenagers suggesting to burn the horse alive. The teenager that stayed at the scene was arrested and taken in for questioning at the Ramla police station.
When I tried persuading the horse to get into the trailer, he did not budge. For a moment I thought him blind, but he was just too depressed to move. After a short while, he finally climbed to the trailer, his movement slow and sluggish.
The horse was named Golan after his rescuer (featured together in the picture), spent the night at the Sanctuary, and by morning looked much better.
So we were hoping for a calm Saturday, but at 15:00 we received a phone call from Dr Or, who works for the municipality of Lod. She called about a donkey running loose at north Lod’s industrial area. Dr Or tried to catch him but the terrified donkey kept on running. Dr Or followed him and waited until we arrived. Finally the donkey found a green patch near one of the factories, calmed down and started eating.
When we arrived, he was still eating, slowly I approached him and saw that he was very scared. I called him quietly and slowly I kept on approaching him, he finally calmed down and let me pat his head.
After I tied him, I saw why he was so afraid, on the right side of his body was a deep wound and at his left leg we saw an old wound that was probably very painful. We could tell that from the fact that one hoof was overgrown from the other, which means he hasn’t used it in awhile.
We boarded him on the trailer and parted from Dr Or who was very worried and waited patiently for our arrival and for us to bring him to our sanctuary. As we arrived we received another phone call from a man driving on road 40 near Moshav Sitriya. He called to report about two foals running on the road in the direction of Rehovot.
He called again later to let us know that they ran east, into the fields and in the direction of agricultural land.
We recieved a phone call from the kasam village police "Zvika, we need your help!" The officers patrolling noticed a youth with a loaded vegetable cart dragged by a skinny wounded donkey. His hind legs bled whilst the cart jabbed into them in movement. His entire body was covered with wounds "treated" with iodin that hid the blood.
When we arrived we could see the donkey was completely exhausted. It was obvious the cart ravaged its thin skin ceaselessly.
Officer Andrea (led by Officer Saar Shein) waited with the donkey until she saw him going inside our wagon. The donkey is extremely friendly and was delighted to be free of the chains which wounded its nose every day all day.
TSUFIT AND APRIL
Last Friday, another five donkey mares joined the residents of the Date Grove in Yotvata. Among the new arrivals was Tsufit, the mare rescued back in August last year. Tsufit was rehabilitated, recovering from a serious injury in her leg that reached until her very bone. While her leg healed, her stomach also started changing shape and growing round, and we've come to realise she's with a child.
Due to her pregnancy, we didn't was to bring her to the Yotvata in the previous time, so we could see to her during her parturition. That aside, if it would be a boy we would have to take him back when he's grown, seeing as the herd in Yotavta is formed only by females. Despite that, due to the Pegasus Sanctuary becoming way more crowded than ever and our financial difficulties in feeding all the current residents, we managed to persuade Yiftach (the Manager) to accept Tsufit, and agreed that if it will be a male he could be relocated or castrated towards adulthood.
The decision made, we brought Tsufit to her new home. She gave birth on April's First, to a baby girl named April. April is a name with the weight of spring upon it, the start of new life, while the First of April is a day of laughs and fooling around – this is the life we wish upon April, in this heaven where candies grow on trees and the grass is green and fresh every single day. We're thrilled we have been given the privilege to bestow such a fate upon April
Yesterday, at 19:40 the phone rang. On it’s screen appeared Dr Sadots’ name. Dr sadot is Lods Municipality chief Veterinarian. Murphys’ law was working! We were just about to sit around the table for our Passover dinner.
“Happy holidays! I apologize for calling at this hour but I have just received a phone call from two detectives from Lod police. They caught two teenage boys abusing a donkey. The detectives walked the donkey to the police station and he is there at the moment. You can come pick him up later” said Dr Sadot.
At least I found my breath again, knowing that the donkey is safe now and I don’t have to leave my family and friends in the middle of the “seder “ – The Passover dinner. However, I couldn’t stop thinking about him: How is he? Is he injured?
That’s when “Ma Nishtana?” was asked around the dinner table (as part of the Passover haggada reading), meaning “wherefore is this night different from other nights?” and I thought that this night is no different than any other, I’m going to go and save a donkey!
When I arrived at the police station, the two detectives were waiting for me. They stayed and helped me load the donkey onto the trailer and then they said goodbye to the donkey and left.
“They were walking behind the donkey and didn’t stop hitting him with sticks, we couldn’t bear to see it so we left all of our other important assignments and we took the donkey to the police station” said the detectives," When we got out of the vehicle they fled immediately".
I remembered a quote from the haggada (The book read on Passover dinner) that made me think of those boys. What’s wrong with them? Don’t they have any feelings at all?
“They have a mouth, but they speak not. They have eyes, but they see not. They have ears, but they hear not. They have noses, but they smell not. They have hands but they touch not”
Pessach (Passover) the donkey, that’s how we named him, woke up the entire village with his braying once he arrived at the sanctuary. He was very happy to smell all his other fellow donkeys.