When the rescuers found Pippin, his body was covered in scratches and his face was dirty. He barely raised his head, and his eyes looked very dull and tired. Only a glance was needed to know how lonely and depressed Pippin was.

The donkey had been traded and sold to a dozen different families over the course of fifteen years, and it appeared unlikely that he would ever have made a friend. A worker at the shop where we bought the animal feed told us about a man looking to get rid of a donkey. We approached him after seeing his picture.He wasn’t in a good mood.

Pippin was confined to a small enclosure, and his owner informed Laura that he had recently attempted to flee, causing him to become trapped beneath the gate and suffer injuries.

Laura said:

“As he entered the trailer, we noticed his melancholy and resignation.We were most moved by the fact that she had moved houses for the thirteenth time.We assured her that she would never have to say goodbye again.

Pippin was quite scary because of his previous life. Every time his caretakers tried to sweep near him, he was frightened and ran as far as possible, as if he had once been beaten with a broom. He also became very nervous if they touched his ears.

In addition to suffering emotional neglect, Pippin’s body also needed time to heal. His hooves were badly damaged and his muscles were weak due to poor diet and he did not have enough space to exercise.

Despite this, Pippin was so affectionate with his guardians that he would lie motionless for long periods of time while being petted. Pippin, on the other hand, prefers kisses.

Laura said:

“Pippin was loving with us right away after we arrived, trying to get our attention.”
He called to invite us to see him as soon as he noticed us.

Pippin and his caregiver, co-founder of the sanctuary Alberto Terrer, gradually began to form a special bond. Pippin nuzzled the man, who made it a daily habit to stroke and kiss the dog.

Laura said:

Above all, he and his caregiver Alberto have a special bond.He is constantly requesting kisses and cuddles from her.

Pippin has grown closer to Alberto and his new friends in the more than a year since he was rescued. Pippin adores the cows, the other donkeys, and the staff at the sanctuary. He loves them almost as much as he loves apples, which have become his new go-to treat since visiting the refuge.

There is no doubt that this donkey is very happy now, and we hope it will continue for many years to come.

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