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Donkey Welfare

We provide support, help and advice to anyone involved in caring for or thinking of caring for donkeys and mules. As well as a team based at the main Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon, there is a network of welfare advisers throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe who are there to provide direct help and support to donkeys in need and to donkey owners both from our foster scheme or from private homes and organisations.

We help organise the relinquishment of donkeys and mules into the Sanctuary's care as well as oversee the fostering scheme. We are also the team to help if you see a donkey or mule in trouble.

Advice, help and support on caring for your donkeys is provided by our welfare team by calling 022 49013, Monday-Friday, 9.00 am to 4.30 pm (answerphone service outside of these hours).

All calls are strictly confidential.

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Global Wave to World Animal Day

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!.

Eugene Butler with faithful friend Dessie

Donkeys come first, second and third

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.

Casey, Clancy and Callaghan

Cadbury finds care and protection

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.

Cadbury with fear in his eyes

A journey to happiness for Comet and Eclipse

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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Comet and Eclipse

Super Granny Donkeys

Did you know that donkeys can live for up to fifty years if treated correctly? We have almost 1,700 donkeys altogether in our care in Ireland ranging from new-born foals to our oldest donkey Tootsie who is the amazing age of 53 years!

Some of our more mature donkeys having a rest

Sanctuary Vet Team is here to help with your donkeys ailments

Many people are not aware that if you are a donkey owner and you have concerns about your donkey’s health and welfare- we are here to help.

We are very fortunate to have a state of the art veterinary hospital, two incredible Veterinary Surgeons and a great team of Vet nurses here in Liscarroll. We also have a Diagnostic Lab and lab technician who ensures that the donkey’s bloods are regular and that they are all free from disease. The hospital also offers an x-ray service, a padded drop-down box and an exquisite operating theater.

Mick is minding Sinclair after his laser treatment

Jane is the light in the dark for two desperate donkeys

When faced with insurmountable odds, I know that my response and my fellow Welfare Advisers is to go that extra mile for donkeys in need. And so when asked to respond to two abandoned donkey in a forest reported to be over 100 acres the thought process was not so much how on earth do I find them but let’s do our utmost to locate them and bring them the care that they need.

Darkley and Squirrell abandoned and alone before rescue

Jay and Matthew looking for a home

Jay and Matthew are two beautiful 4 year old gelded donkeys. Jay was abandoned in Dublin in October 2013 and Matthew was abandoned in Mayo in November 2012.

The two skewbald beauties first met in The Sanctuary when they were put in to 'The Straw Barn' which houses a portion of the young male donkeys that we rescue. From the first day that they met it was apparent that they would be great buddies.

It is bizarre that the two boys are so similar in color, they could be mistaken for brothers! They have very sweet and gentle personalities.

Jay and Matthew

Happy Ending for Marmalade

There is nothing more rewarding for us here at the Sanctuary than seeing a donkey's life transformed for the better. We are delighted that 'Marmalade' the donkey who was originally found abandoned and wandering dangerously on a road has now found a very special place in a loving home in Co. Monaghan. Marmalade will be companion to Benny (an existing foster donkey) whose previous companion sadly passed away.

Marmalade & Benny surrounded by family and love

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