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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

Christmas Craft Fair and Food Fair with Santa's Grotto

Event date: 
Sunday, 29 November, 2015 - 12:00 to 17:00
Hannigans Farm, Lisgriffin Road, Liscarroll, Mallow, CO. Cork
Event status: 
No booking required

Come along to our Christmas Extravaganza and meet our beautiful donkeys and Santa Clause! Enjoy a very unique experience at Santa's Grotto and you will treasure the gifts that you receive. Meet Mrs. Clause and Santa's Elves on the day.

We have the cast of Frozen (a group of donkey foals that we rescued and called them after the Frozen characters) who cannot wait to meet all of their fans! There will be a photo opportunity with these donkeys and the soundtrack will be playing in their enclosure to heighten the excitement!

Xmas Craft and Food Fair

Under the Stars

We are always telling people that donkeys are sociable animals which need company. This was certainly the case for “Planet”. He is a fine healthy young donkey who lived in a big field in Co Roscommon.

Planet in high spirits in the care of The Donkey Sanctuary

Joint effort to rescue Vonnie

Donkey Welfare Adviser Cathy Griffin gives her account of responding to a call from the ISPCA and how it resulted in the rescue of a sweet donkey:

Standing on Mount Leinster in Carlow it was difficult to imagine that we would even find a donkey in such a vast desolate area never mind catch it! Several concerned people had contacted both the ISPCA and The Donkey Sanctuary about a small grey donkey abandoned in the area with overgrown hooves. The ISPCA chief inspector Conor Dowling was first on the scene and managed to locate the donkey but unfortunately was unable to catch her.

Vonnie about to begin her new life

Forrest and Whisper looking for homes

Forrest and Whisper are donkeys that were rescued by The Donkey Sanctuary. Both donkeys were in poor body condition when they first came to the Sanctuary and they are still receiving extra feed.

The farm and isolation grooms saw potential in these donkeys despite the hardship that they had endured prior to being rescued. The grooms identified the donkeys as suitable to be re-homed as they were gentle, kind and obedient.

Forrest and Whisper

Trip Advisor recognizes outstanding work by Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary delighted to receive a Certificate of Excellence for 2015 as visitors highly rate the experience.

The Donkey Sanctuary has been in operation for twenty eight years, rescued almost 5,000 donkeys and welcomed thousands of visitors throughout the years. The staff of The Donkey Sanctuary are committed to providing love, care and protection to animals in need as well as leaving the people who visit with a lasting memory.

Visitor Centre Supervisor Cáit with Trip Advisor Certificate

Levi Star Attraction

Baby foal Levi who was born on June 4th 2015 is a star attraction here in Knockardbane. From the moment he was born into this world to mother Marina he has been surrounded by love and affection.

The Donkey Sanctuary rescued Marina in February in pitiful conditions and thankfully Marina and Levi can now look forward to a long and happy life together.

A visitor who recently met Levi said that "you can tell he was born into a safe environment, he was so confident and inquisitive."

Doireann meets Levi

Charleville Show

Event date: 
Saturday, 27 June, 2015 - 10:00 to Sunday, 28 June, 2015 - 18:00
Charleville Showgrounds, Charleville, Co. Cork. GPS Co-Ordinates 52.326503,-8.670586 ABCEFGJKLOQRTUVXZ
Event status: 
No booking required

Join The Donkey Sanctuary at the annual Charleville Show on June 27th and 28th in the Charleville Showground’s.

We will have donkeys on site that you will be able to groom and cuddle. We will be providing information and advice to the public on donkey welfare and you will have the opportunity to adopt a donkey. Be in with a chance of winning a luxury night away in The Kingsley Hotel, Cork, thanks to the exquisite hotel for donating this fantastic prize.

A great weekend guaranteed for all of the family!


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