This day three years ago we received a call about a donkey in need and we went to investigate. We were horrified to see the conditions this donkey was in and the pain that he was in was heart-breaking. His hooves were so overgrown and painful he struggled to walk, he was suffering from rain scald (a painful skin condition) from being left out in the elements with no shelter and he was starving, dehydrated and lost all hope.
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What started off as a routine check of cattle tags on a Meath farm by Department of Agriculture (DAFM) officials turned into a full blown donkey rescue with a wholly unexpected twist in the tail – Storm Desmond. The farmer in question admitted to having ‘’a couple of donkeys’’ on the land; however a quick walk of the 40 acres saw this increase to 15 donkeys, with some very obvious hoof issues. The donkeys were extremely timid and difficult to approach so the Dept. vet called Donkey Welfare Adviser Cathy Griffin for advice and support.
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney received an independent report on matters relating to donkey welfare in Ireland. The report, launched at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, links the uncontrolled eligibility of donkeys for subsidy payments granted for ‘Areas of Natural Constraint’ (ANC) with potentially driving a market for indiscriminate breeding.
It’s hard to envisage what to expect when you receive a call concerning two donkeys abandoned in a disused site and what you will see when you arrive there. Our Welfare team is certainly used to dealing with unexpected situations but we are naturally often shocked ourselves by what we see. It seems that the parameters of donkey neglect and irresponsible management are constantly being stretched further and further…
Here at The Donkey Sanctuary we are getting together with our donkeys and mules to celebrate World Animal Day.
Sunday, October 4, marks the global event which aims to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the world.
The Donkey Sanctuary works to strive towards our vision of creating a world where donkeys and mules live free form suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued.
We are delighted to be joining the Global Wave of selfies in a bid to boost the awareness of World Animal Day!.
Our mantra at The Donkey Sanctuary is that donkeys come first, second and third - they are at the heart of all we do. This certainly was the case for donkeys Casey, Clancy and Callaghan rescued from possible euthanasia at the end of their stay in a local equine pound. Abandoned and unwanted, they were deemed of little value to their one-time owner – an inconvenience and burden to someone’s world, needs and lifestyle. All three donkeys are now just over two years old; for the first few months of their lives they must have been attractive adorable little foals.
This three year old stallion donkey was rescued recently by The Donkey Sanctuary. He was left abandoned on a road and presented with a wound on his neck and with a very nervous and scared demeanour.
We are unsure of what trauma and abuse he has suffered in the past but we are sure that those days are over for him now. The fear in his eyes will slowly fade away as he learns from our patient and loving staff what is to be cared for and protected.
Stunning donkeys Comet and Eclipse have experienced a great deal in their short lives. Comet is just under 3 years old and Eclipse is Comet's foal and is a one year old.
The beautiful donkeys were purchased in the good times and with the economic downturn came the emigration of their owner. The donkeys were left in the care of an elderly gentleman whose health was declining.
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