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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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Rehoming Success for Rosie and donkeys

Marie was rescued by one of our Donkey Welfare Adviser in 2012 as a weak baby foal. She was very neglected when she first came into our care and the veterinary and farm team dedicated great time and effort into building up her strength. She became friends with Asha and they were prepared to go out to a new home together.

Keen donkey lover and Sanctuary supporter Rosie visited us in Liscarroll and met her beautiful donkeys. Rosie has a stunning donkey called Mousie already and was keen to get more company after Mousie sadly lost her son.

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Sanctuary and friendship in Cork City for a rescued donkey called St Francis

The kindness of Cork City residents has this month helped to save a donkey which is now recovering in the care of The Donkey Sanctuary.

Several members of the public in Cork had become concerned for the donkey, which has since been named St Francis, after seeing him tied to a railing by his back leg with a painfully tight head collar. The donkey could barely move and eventually broke free from the railing and wandered onto the areas’ extremely busy roads.

Clogs and St Francis

It makes cents to donate to The Donkey Sanctuary

The Government is set to approve the removing of one and two cent coins from circulation nationally so why not donate your coins to The Donkey Sanctuary? We will have a large collection jar in our Visitor Centre here in Liscarroll or you can contact us for a lodgement slip at or call us on 022-48398 for more information. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Donate your cents

HR Administration Assistant

We are looking to recruit an experienced HR Administration Assistant to support the operational activities of the Operational Support Manager at The Donkey Sanctuary (Ireland) Limited.

The main duties will include responding to HR enquiries with timely and accurate advice, supporting and facilitating the recruitment and new starter processes and assisting with the updating and maintenance of personnel records and other employment related documentation – both paper based and electronic.


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