Grethe is 2 years old. She came to Fields of Freedom together with her mother Pepsi and her father Lauro.
Grethe was rescued when her owners had decided to send her and her mother off to the slaughterhouse.
Originally, the owners – a young family with two children – had bought Grethe’s mother Pepsi and father Lauro as living toys for their children.
Pepsi and Lauro were being kept in their garden with just a small wooden shed filled with rotten mud as shelter from the weather. Soon Pepsi became pregnant and gave birth to a beautiful foal they called Grethe.
All was fine for a while as the children enjoyed the foal and her growing up. But the family had problems with Lauro as he was a male donkey. They did not want to spend money on having him neutered.
Unneutered male donkeys (also called “Jack Donkeys”) rarely can be kept as pets as they can become aggressive from their natural urge to mate with a female.
Because of this, the family chose to lock up Lauro 24/7 in the little shed. Here he caused serious damage to his hooves and teeth, desperate to break free from the shed.
The family eventually became bored with the donkeys and wanted to use the garden for a mini motocross track as a new hobby for the children.
Like unwanted toys, the donkeys were thrown away and sent to the slaughterhouse.
Grethe, Lauro, and Pepsi have been with us just a short time but already they have enjoyed a warm and dry stable, fresh and clean hay, and the proper hoof and coat care they deserve.