It's never too late to find a true friend!
In the 34th year of life, a donkey named Hattie was put up for auction. They wanted to send her to slaughter. Haggard, with overgrown, well-groomed hooves, obviously, Hattie had never seen the right treatment in her life. Rescuers at a donkey shelter in Colorado intervened in an auction and were able to save all the animals that were threatened that day. Younger individuals went to new homes, and Hattie, who had already seen too much in life, remained in the care of the shelter.
“We decided this because we believe that animals need to be treated with dignity, with due respect and love,” said Victoria Schroeder, managing the shelter. - Hattie was treated differently all her life, so she ended up at auction. But from the first day of her stay at our shelter, she changed the lives of everyone who works here. ”
Hattie is now 42 years old and she is very kind and understanding. Despite everything that she went through, she still has enormous patience, is good to everyone around and feels if someone needs help. Hattie often looks after orphaned foals that need maternal care, and always notices if someone is nervous or upset, and this applies to both people and animals.
“New inexperienced volunteers usually learn to work with Hattie because other donkeys are sometimes nervous in the hands of new people,” says Victoria. “But Hattie knows that they are brand new, and without problems allows them to clean her hooves, comb out, drive her for a walk.”She is a real teacher, every time she shows how to do something correctly, and she makes it clear to everyone that everyone needs time to learn something, and mistakes are normal, because next time everything will work out. ”
Hattie actually acts like a mom, she is always there if someone needs support. That is how she found her best friend.
The Gurti were saved in the same place as Hattie, with a difference of only a few months. She was over twenty when she was placed in a new family. The shelter at first was proud that Goertie had found a house, but several years later, the workers found out that her new owner was tired of her and put completely alone somewhere on the bunk. Then she was taken back to the shelter.
“We noticed her as soon as we parked the car. Seeing us, Gurti ran in our direction, not believing her eyes, ”recalls Schroeder. - She began to cheer us joyfully. We hugged her, kissed her, said that now everything will be fine. We loaded her into the trailer and brought her to the shelter, where she immediately went to Hattie. "
After all this, Gurti stayed in the shelter forever. Everything that she had to experience shocked her greatly, so she, like many others, went for moral support to Hattie. But this time it was different. Goertie stayed with Hattie after she felt better and they really became friends. Hattie finally acquired those who gave her care in return for the one that she had been giving to everyone around for a long time.
“They are inseparable and call each other without stopping when they have to be separated for a short time,” says Schroeder.“They have breakfast in the same stall every morning.” And in winter, they are pressed against each other to keep warm, even when they are wearing blankets. ”
Hattie and Goertie love to roam the shelter together. Sociable Hattie helps the more modest Goertie in communicating with people. They are always together, and everyone in the shelter knows this inseparable couple.
“They often wait at the door of the room where the feed is stored. And when I go there to prepare food, Hattie opens the door wide open, ”Victoria admits. “And they will never let them forget that it’s already breakfast time, loudly reminding everyone of this.”
Hattie and Goertie went through a lot, but now they have and always will have not only a loving home, but also a caring shoulder for each other, which you can always lean on.