Paddy Barrett has a long tradition of helping animals and donkeys in particular.
Paddy's grandfather kept donkeys on the site at Knockardbane from 1926 and this has now become our main Donkey Sanctuary site which is open to the public.
Paddy's father Garrett was a welfare officer in the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) from 1964 to 1981 and worked tirelessly to help donkeys and animals throughout Ireland.
Paddy himself worked as an Inspector for the ISPCA from February 1982 to July 1987, whilst at the same time running a rescue centre for donkeys in Ireland.
The Donkey Sanctuary UK was founded in 1969 by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen, MBE. She dedicated her life to champion donkeys, and it is through her devotion that the Sanctuary grew to be the international charity it is today.
Sadly Dr Svendsen passed away in 2011 but her memory lives on in our work, as does her eternal motto that, in everything we do, donkeys will always come first, second and third.
On 1st August 1987 The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland became affiliated with The Donkey Sanctuary UK. The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland registered as an Irish charity in 2011.
Since the sanctuary was opened in 1987, over 5,600 donkeys have been taken into our care and provided with loving homes. We continue to rescue and care for abandoned, abused and neglected donkeys from every corner of Ireland.
During the last 30 years, we have made a profound difference to the lives of donkeys and people all around the country. This is down to the drive and belief of our wonderful Founders and all of our supporters for your devotion and continued support.
In September 2014 Paddy retired from his work at The Donkey Sanctuary after 27 wonderful years of service. Since he opened the gates in 1987, thousands of donkeys have been given sanctuary and protection. Our journey continues…