Meet new Adoption Star donkey Dotty!

Adorably spotty rescued donkey Dotty has become the latest four-legged resident to join our popular Adoption Scheme.

Friendly three-year-old Dotty has been charming the crowds at our Ada Cole visitor centre, outside Harlow, Essex, since her arrival in 2018 and will now take up the important role of helping to raise vital funds for horses in need.

The Redwings Adoption Scheme, which has been running for over 30 years, allows supporters to sponsor an ‘Adoption Star’ horse or donkey from just £15 per year with every penny going towards their care and that of their fellow rescued residents at the Sanctuary.

Sponsors are kept up-to-date with letters and online blog entries, and they can visit their four-legged friend for free at the Redwings visitor centre where they live. They’re even invited to their Adoption Star’s annual birthday party!

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Friendly Dotty adores a cuddle!

Poor Dotty was rescued by the RSPCA in February 2018 from a site in Essex having been discovered with overgrown hooves which were causing her extreme pain. She was taken to nearby veterinary practice House & Jackson for immediate treatment and then transferred to Redwings Ada Cole to continue her recovery.

In September last year, her former owner pleaded guilty to failing to meet her welfare needs and was banned from keeping equines for three years.

Despite her painful past ordeal, Dotty’s love of people soon shone through at the Sanctuary – making her the perfect new addition to the Adoption Scheme!

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Poor Dotty's feet before receiving treatment

Debbie Scott, Head of Fundraising, said: “We’re delighted to introduce Dotty as our latest Adoption Star! She is such a friendly donkey, who just adores cuddles, and our visitors have already fallen head over hooves for her!

“It’s awful to think that Dotty’s suffering could have been easily prevented with basic care and regular foot trims. However, now she’s safe here at the Sanctuary, Dotty will receive all the care she needs for life so she’ll never have to fear living in pain again.

“Through supporting Dotty, her sponsors will also be helping the hundreds of rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in our care nationwide, so we hope as many people as possible will take the opportunity to meet and adopt her.”

Everyone is invited to visit Dotty at Redwings Ada Cole, in Epping Road, Roydon (EN9 2DH), every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10am to 4pm. Entry is free.

To adopt Dotty, call 01508 481000 or simply click here.

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