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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

Sleep well dear Kitty

Sadly Kitty the donkey taken into our care with her daughter (Tilly) was peacefully put to sleep last week as the result of her acute laminitis.
Supporters will undoubtedly remember our recent articles highlighting Kitty and Tilly’s plight
The decision was based on recommendations by our Veterinary team following consideration of recent x-rays and careful evaluation of her progress.

Jane gently showing Kitty how much she is loved

Support our marathon runners

The Donkey Sanctuary is extremely grateful to all of the ladies who are participating in the Vhi Dublin's Mini Marathon on behalf of the donkeys in our care. These inspirational ladies are prepared to run 10km to raise much needed funds for our precious donkeys. This year has been our busiest year to date as we have rescued over 230 donkeys already and the waiting list of donkeys to come in is growing every day.

Participants in a fundraising event

Nuala's story

Nuala came into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary when she was 6 months old. She was born blind and her owner thought that the Sanctuary was the best place for her as she struggled with her condition.

Nuala received exceptional treatment from all of the vet and farm staff who ensured that she settled in to her new surroundings comfortably.

Nuala when she first came into our care


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