We feel that it is vital to educate the public about donkey welfare, and the proper way to care for donkeys in order to help stop cruelty and neglect
In order to facilitate this, we have a dedicated team of staff that visit schools, clubs and different groups throughout Ireland to talk to people about the work that we do. We also welcome groups to visit us here in Liscarroll where we provide an educational talk on the history of the Sanctuary and we offer donkey grooming so that visitors can see first hand what amazing animals donkeys are. After you have heard some funny donkey stories you will be free to stroll around our beautiful walkways and meet our donkey foals and mules.
We are especially committed to educating children about donkey welfare and we are very grateful for a government grant we receive that assists us in our education programme for schools. We hope that by educating today's children and teaching respect for animals we will help improve conditions for donkeys in the future.
If you are interested in having a representative from The Donkey Sanctuary call out to your school or club or if you wish to visit and enjoy a talk or tour, please contact us.
It's advisable to bring wellington boots and warm clothes, if the weather is bad.
We do not charge for our talks or group visits, but as we are a charity, any donation is gratefully accepted and we strongly encourage groups of all ages to undertake a fundraising activity, where possible, to actively raise much needed funds. Groups that have fund-raised for the donkeys and then came to meet them and see exactly where the money goes really have a satisfying experience. If you require any ideas or support our fundraising team would be delighted to provide you with information.
The Donkey Sanctuary has taken more that 15,000 donkeys into care and so over the years we have been able to glean a wealth of experience in the care and management of donkeys. Our training courses are one way we can share that experience with anyone interested in donkeys.
We currently run courses on:
Courses run during the week from 10 am until 3.30 pm (unless otherwise specified) and include theory and practical sessions. A certificate of attendance will be presented on completion of the day.
We also run occasionally courses at our donkey assisted therapy centres in Northern Ireland.
How much does it cost to attend a course?
To ensure courses are accessible to everyone we make no charge for these brilliant training courses, however, as a charity we gratefully accept donations to help us continue our work, which you can make on the day of your course.
Specialised Training Courses
If your organisation has interaction with donkeys or mules then we are very happy to discuss the possibility of tailor making a course to meet your needs.
Training courses are not suitable for young children to attend unless the course has been organised specifically for families. If you would like children to accompany you on the course and you feel that it would be beneficial for them to attend, then it is important to discuss the situation with the training team in advance so that they can be properly accommodated. Children under 16 must always be accompanied by a responsible adult.
If you would like further information regarding training courses please view course descriptions, when you book on a course we will send you directions, health and safety information, and information on the day.
If you are interested in attending one of the courses, please call us on +353 (0) 22 48398.