This week we were blessed with the first rain of the year, ending a very hot and difficult summer. During summer, which is the toughest season of the year in Israel, our residents were kept cool and hydrated in the Pegasus shelter. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about many other donkeys in Israel, who were overworked despite the heat, heavy metal chains chafing their skin, heavy loads strapped to their backs. Some of them joined us during the summer - a young donkey from TulKarem who was pulling a cart with an unbelievably heavy load, Daniel, a lame donkey who was found wandering near Neve Daniel, Zohar, a donkey who decided to get back to civilization after living in the desert, and many more.
Now we are getting ready for winter, and already the donkeys' short summer coats are starting to change into long winter coats. We are hoping for a very rainy winter, so that plenty of sweet grass will grow in the fields.
The following top pictures of the rescue of the donkey from Tul Karem and underneath is the same donkey after a few weeks in the Pegasus shelter:
On The Left is Zohar waiting near the gas station where she was found and on the right is happy Zohar, outside with her new friends at the sanctuary:
On the left is is Daniel being rescued and on the right is Daniel today, as you can see his leg is healing slowly: