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From Darkest Peru to Wiltshire

Recently I watched the first of the Paddington Bear movies. It features a young cartoon bear from Peru whose home is destroyed and who subsequently travels to London in search of a new home. Finding himself lost the story ends happily with the bear evading the evil taxidermist and being accepted into the Brown family. Paddington Bear has been around since it was first written in 1958 and the revival of this popular story appeals to children and those like me, not so young, who remember reading it when they were children too.

Harry & Kate arrive at their new home.

The Donkey Sanctuary working in remote rural communities

Recently I travelled to a remote village down winding mountain lanes over an hour from any tarmac road - to attend a workshop for local veterinary students run by The Donkey Sanctuary Mexico staff. The only economic activity of significance in Santa Ana del Rio is the production of mezcal – a clear alcohol liquid distilled from locally-grown cactus in 15 licensed village pot-stills and involving hundreds of villagers and working equids in the process – at every stage from field to final product.

Mule turning millstone to extract liquid from cactus

Ireland Calendar 2018 - available now!

The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland Calendar for 2018 is now available to buy. The calendar features pictures of Irish donkeys from The Donkey Sanctuary farms in Liscarroll, Mallow, Co. Cork.

Don’t delay in getting your calendar. Last year’s edition was very popular and sold out quickly.

To purchase the calendar simply click on the following PayPal button. Alternatively please call 022 48398 to order your calendar today.

Please note postage is included in the price.

Doneys featured in 2018 calendar


Expectations – we all have values, standards, needs and dreams. These lead us to have expectations. The Donkey Sanctuary have expectations when it comes to placing our donkeys in guardian homes. Preparing to rehome two donkeys can for some people involve additional work which varies from basic adaptions to their property to additional construction depending on their existing facilities. The basics include a shed, an area of hardstanding (concrete, stone or other dry surface) a source of clean water and a paddock suitably fenced. An electric fence is also considered a wise investment.

Ruby and Superstar leave The Donkey Sanctuary

Transforming the lives of donkeys (and equines) in need

The Donkey Sanctuary recently collaborated with local equine charities ‘My Lovely Horse Rescue’ and ‘The Equine Rescue Network’ to find homes for no less than 8 equines, 2 of which were donkeys and one a yearling mule.

Following a request to rehome two donkeys and a mule, our Welfare Adviser arrived to find that the donkeys and mule were also company to a consignment of several ponies all equally facing an uncertain future and in need of a home.

Rehomed Cob My Lovely Horse Rescue Equine Welfare Network

Safe from the bush fire

I associate bush fires with places like Australia and they conjure images of kangaroos running from the flames.

Our work brings us into some of the remotes parts of Ireland and when the RTE news carries a headline “Firefighters make major progress over gorse fire” its implications for donkeys was not immediately obvious.

The fire was on a hillside commonage in Co Sligo and very extensive with approximately 4,000 acres affected by the fire.

Donkeys safe and sound

Please help donkeys in need like James

James was rescued by The Donkey Sanctuary after being abandoned and spending two years alone in a field with no adequate access to shelter or grazing. He was in very poor body condition with severely overgrown and twisted hooves. James like so many other donkeys have been neglected and abused and The Donkey Sanctuary has come to their rescue. The mission of the Sanctuary is to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home our donkeys by transforming their quality of life. Our vision is of a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued.

James receiving care from Donkey Sanctuary staff


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