Donkey Welfare Advisers (DWAs) are professionals in donkey and mule welfare. They play a key role in the front line work of The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland. Acting as an ambassador for the charity at all times while responding to donkeys in need, DWAs focus on growing and managing a high quality rehoming scheme in their area.
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Roma is a young donkey living at our sanctuary in Cork. At just over one year old, she is shy, yet loving. Like every donkey here, Roma is much loved and cared for.
She is never hungry, cold or lonely. Her hooves are trimmed every 6-10 weeks. When the weather is bad, Roma is sheltered from the elements and she always
has a soft bed to sleep in.
Roma enjoys spending time with our grooms and Quality Time Volunteers.One on one time with our staff is very beneficial to donkeys like Roma to assist them in overcoming any shyness or nervousness.
When we were snowed in for a week recently I cleared an area on my concrete yard where I could let my donkeys out when the weather improved. The snow has at last gone but we have had plenty of rain of late. My yard is part concreted and part (supposedly) a hard gravel surface. However like so many Guardian homes I have visited in the last few weeks once you step off the concrete you are into sloppy muck area or worse! The photo shows four donkeys being led around my concrete by participants during my most recent Donkey Care Course (10th March).
This year to date 67 donkeys in need have been taken in by The Donkey Sanctuary in Cork.
Many of these donkeys struggled to walk due to pain caused by overgrown hooves. Neeson is one such donkey who came to us in February from Kerry. As the pictures show, Neeson had painfully long hooves which made it difficult to walk. The structure of a donkey’s hooves can be altered when they are overgrown which can lead to incorrect balance and subsequently tendon and joint problems.
Donkey welfare adviser David Walsh was recently contacted by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Mayo seeking assistance with a donkey welfare case in South Mayo.
Sixteen donkeys in very poor body condition were seized by the department and removed into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary. These neglected donkeys were abandoned in a field with no food and no access to water. Harsh winter weather conditions meant the field they were in was water logged. Alongside the live donkeys, the carcass of a dead donkey was also discovered.
Last New Year’s Eve a forlorn and neglected donkey took a few uncertain steps onto a trailer and to his new life in the care of The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland whose headquarters is based in Mallow, Co.Cork.
In the last few days of 2017, one of our Donkey Welfare Adviser’s responded to a call from a member of the public who was very concerned about a donkey with extremely long hooves.
Donkey welfare adviser, Jane Bruce attended the location to discover a donkey in a shocking state of neglect. The donkey’s hooves were at least three times the length of a normal hoof.
Event date: Sunday 20/05/18 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Knockardbane Farm, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork. No booking required
Admission: Admission is €2 per car.
On Sunday May 20 we will hold a fabulous Summer Fair in our Open Farm in Knockardbane, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co.Cork. The Fair will include a fun dog show, music, fun, games like Hook a Duck, Sweet Wheel of Fortune and a Welly Throw Challenge, bouncy castles and lots more!