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RDS Horse Show

Event date: 
Wednesday, 20 July, 2016 - 10:00 to Sunday, 24 July, 2016 - 18:00
RDS Main Arena, Dublin
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Places available

We have a long-standing history of attending the RDS Horse Show and we hope to carry on this tradition in July 2016.

Sinead with Molly and Ginny

Charleville Show

Event date: 
Saturday, 25 June, 2016 - 10:00 to Sunday, 26 June, 2016 - 18:00
Charleville Showgrounds, Charleville, Co. Cork.
Event status: 
Places available

Join The Donkey Sanctuary at the annual Charleville Show on June 25th and 26th 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.

A great weekend guaranteed for all of the family!

Look out for our donkeys and trekker at shows in 2016

Nollaig's happy ending

This day three years ago we received a call about a donkey in need and we went to investigate. We were horrified to see the conditions this donkey was in and the pain that he was in was heart-breaking. His hooves were so overgrown and painful he struggled to walk, he was suffering from rain scald (a painful skin condition) from being left out in the elements with no shelter and he was starving, dehydrated and lost all hope.

Nollaig when we first found him

Norman and Benson find their forever home

Norman and Benson were taken into The Donkey Sanctuary care from County Dublin. They were beautifully prepared for rehoming by the farm staff in our farm in Kanturk. Maria, Declan and Paddy did an excellent job in preparing their donkeys for rehoming. With 10 days to go to Christmas they were delivered to their new Guardians who had been making meticulous preparations for their arrival.

The wonderful staff in Kanturk caring for the donkeys

Storm Desmond – a collaborative effort

What started off as a routine check of cattle tags on a Meath farm by Department of Agriculture (DAFM) officials turned into a full blown donkey rescue with a wholly unexpected twist in the tail – Storm Desmond. The farmer in question admitted to having ‘’a couple of donkeys’’ on the land; however a quick walk of the 40 acres saw this increase to 15 donkeys, with some very obvious hoof issues. The donkeys were extremely timid and difficult to approach so the Dept. vet called Donkey Welfare Adviser Cathy Griffin for advice and support.

Cara - one of the mares before she was rescued

Donkey paintings up for auction

Eve Parnell is a famous Irish artist and a fantastic supporter of The Donkey Sanctuary. Eve has kindly donated two of her stunning paintings for us to auction in order to raise much needed funds for the donkeys. The starting price on the framed drawings in pencil on tissue paper is €200 each. To register your interest please email or call Tríona on 022-48654. Bidding will close on Thursday December 17th at 5pm.

Painting number 1. Starting bidding price €200

The Donkey Sanctuary calls for carefully considered changes to agricultural subsidies

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney received an independent report on matters relating to donkey welfare in Ireland. The report, launched at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, links the uncontrolled eligibility of donkeys for subsidy payments granted for ‘Areas of Natural Constraint’ (ANC) with potentially driving a market for indiscriminate breeding.

Minister Simon Coveney & Noel Carton, Head of Operations at The Donkey Sanctuary

Limited Christmas Cards Available

We are so grateful to our supporters who have been availing of the lovely Christmas cards and gifts from our Donkey World Mail Order Catalogue. Unfortunately we are currently running on limited stock on some products and are doing our best to cover supporters requests. The following cards are no longer available:

Product and Description:

2615 Sanctuary
2715 Christmas Stroll
4315 Winter’s Tale
4515 Festive Donkeys

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