Franco is a Standard donkey, brown and white in colour, who was admitted to the DSC in 1996.
Franco and a companion donkey, Johnny, had been advertised for sale when the notice was read by supporters of the DSC. They telephoned about the ad and, as a result of the ensuing conversation, they became concerned about the donkeys’ futures. Their owner had purchased them in the hope of making a quick profit on resale, however, since that had yet to occur, he was inclined to sell them to a slaughterhouse.
Upon learning that, the caring people went to see the donkeys. They were appalled at their condition and at the fact that so little consideration was being given to their lives. Thereafter, when they had confirmed that the DSC would give Franco and Johnny (as they named them) a lifelong home, the donkeys were purchased and moved immediately to the Sanctuary Farm.
Since both donkeys were jack stallions, they were gelded and kept apart from the main Sanctuary herd after their arrival. Thereafter, several weeks later, when their testosterone levels had subsided, the donkeys were moved in with their new equine companions.
During the years that he has lived at the Sanctuary Farm, Franco has relaxed considerably with people. In spite of that fact, however, he is most content to mingle with the main herd and roam the fields with his equine companions.