The Intrepid Foundation has long supported the Animal Care in Egypt hospital on the outskirts of Luxor because sadly there can be a downside to local transport when animals are involved. Here they are dedicated to improving the lives of the working animals in Egypt and as Sue from ACE reports, they are delighted when a sad story turns to good news…
“A donkey was brought in to the ACE hospital with an injury seen all too commonly – a saddle sore. In the majority of cases, these wounds are caused by inappropriate padding underneath tack, or due to badly fitting tack. He initially had two wounds which were very slow to heal so he had a prolonged stay with us at the hospital.
He soon became a vet’s favourite as he was such a character! He would call out in the morning to be let out to graze in the paddock and would always love to have a roll. He soon acquired the nickname ‘Jid’, meaning grandad, as he had crooked knees!
Sadly, one day the owner decided that they could wait no longer and that they needed Jid to work. We tried our best to persuade them to let Jid recover fully before returning him to work, but to no avail. They promised to bring him in on a regular basis for us to dress and monitor his wounds, but after a few days the owners failed to show up again.
A month later he returned back to us and his wounds had gone back to square one. However, the owners this time had bought him to us to be euthanised as they thought the wounds would never heal – which admittedly they wouldn’t, when the same harness causing the problems would be put back on again and again.
We have many donkeys that come in to be euthanised for good reasons; however, to have to euthanise for such an avoidable reason is something our vets are reluctant to do. Luckily, the ACE staff supervisor was looking for a donkey to help work on his fields, and apart from the saddle sore on his back our vets could find no other reason why Jid couldn’t work.
He was hospitalised again and due to the poor rate of healing of the wounds, it was decided to perform skin grafts to help the healing process. The grafts were very successful and four weeks later a donkey that was brought in for euthanasia was heading for his new home!
He is now working every day and is being used to deliver alfalfa from the fields to ACE to feed all our current inpatients – and on every visit he gets an extra cuddle and pat too!”
Please visit www.theintrepidfoundation.org to find out how you can support Animal Care in Egypt and many other fantastic grass-roots organisations.