When most people think of donkeys they immediately think of Donkey from the Shrek movies, an association which makes one smile because of the upbeat and optimistic character.

The reality is unfortunately very different, as these animals are usually used only for one thing: carrying heavy loads. They live a sad life filled with hard work, whipping and other forms of abuse.

Unfortunately, in some parts of the world, they are also sadly turned into meat for sausages – usually when they are no longer able to carry heavy loads. Bulgaria is one of the countries where this happens, and this Christmas, two donkeys were miraculously saved from being brutally slaughtered for their meat. They were saved thanks to a sanctuary for abused farm animals where two people work tirelessly to save animals from abuse and violent death and give the care and love they deserve.

More info: youcaring.com

This is Katia The Donkey

She appeared in the ad that announced a “limping donkey for sale, perfect for slaughter”

Katia was saved by goodhearted people who “bought” her with the intention to take her to the sanctuary

Although the road to recovery is long and hard, Katia is in great hands now and is receiving all the care and medication she needs

A few days later, the same seller from the classified ad called the sanctuary…

He came across a young donkey called Toshko, who had been left to die in horrible conditions. Even the seller felt sorry for the poor animal

According to the vet and the sanctuary owners, Toshko’s condition was the worst they had ever seen

He had severly damaged legs and limbs and was extremely malnourished

Toshko’s hooves had never been taken care of or treated correctly over his 4 years of life

Although he’s recovering, he’s still not strong enough and needs a lot of special care and medication

The good news is that the other donkeys and horses are happy to welcome their new friends

Both Katia and Toshko still need a lot of care and love but they’re getting happier and happier every day