The Donkey Sanctuary

Therapy Donkey Helps A Special Needs Girl Speak Again

Some people believe the whole therapy animal thing is out of control, but if you think about it the “therapy” most of these animals provide involves calming and comforting a person, so just about any animal can provide therapy.

Just ask little Amber Austwick and she’ll tell you- a donkey makes a fine therapy animal, and her hoofed friend Shock from The Donkey Sanctuary in Birmingham, England actually helped her speak again.

In 2011 Amber was born prematurely and couldn’t breathe, so doctors gave her a tracheotomy that left her mute due to vocal chord scarring. Amber was also born with cerebral palsy, making the first few years of her life a struggle for the poor little girl.

But then she met Shocks the donkey, who changed her life with his gentle charm:

“She struggled to sit up and showed no…

Completely Mute Girl Surprises Everyone When She Tells Her Therapy Donkey These Magical Words

Meet a girl named Amber and her therapy donkey Shocks, who both had a rough start in life… Shocks was found with a rope tied around his neck and skin covered in lesions and sores from being tethered. Luckily, he was rescued and taken to The Donkey Sanctuary in Birmingham, England, where he met Amber in 2013.

At that time the girl wasn’t able to make a single sound. When Amber and her sister were born prematurely, she had to have a surgery that saved her life but cut off airflow from her vocal chords and made her mute. On top of that, the girl has cerebral palsy which made it a struggle for her to move around.

But everything started changing when she met Shock. “It was fairly immediate to see they had a bond together, as they were both so gentle with…