Pepsi is 10 years old and arrived here at the sanctuary with her husband Lauro and daughter Grethe.
We do not know much about Pepsi’s life before she arrived at her previous owners, but they had decided to send Pepsi and her daughter Grethe to the slaughterhouse.
Originally, the owners – a young family with two children – had bought Pepsi and Lauro as pets for the children.
They kept them in their garden with just a small wooden shed filled with wet, 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. They didn’t want to spend money on having him neutered.
Unneutered male donkeys (also called “Jack Donkeys”) can rarely be kept as pets due to the aggression and bad behavior brought on by 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 their 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.
The little family – Pepsi, Lauro, and Grethe – 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.
They are enjoying their life together as a family, and with your help, they will never again have to be apart or be sent to the slaughterhouse.