You are here

The story of blind donkey foal Bocelli

The Donkey Sanctuary rescued a pregnant mare that was abandoned in extremely poor conditions in January 2015. On July 12th Eren gave birth to a very special foal in the safety of The Donkey Sanctuary.

In January 2015 Donkey Welfare Adviser Cathy Griffin responded to an urgent call about three donkeys that had been abandoned in a remote field with no access to grazing or shelter.


Super Granny Donkeys

Did you know that donkeys can live for up to fifty years if treated correctly? We have almost 1,700 donkeys altogether in our care in Ireland ranging from new-born foals to our oldest donkey Tootsie who is the amazing age of 53 years!

Some of our more mature donkeys having a rest

Sanctuary Vet Team is here to help with your donkeys ailments

Many people are not aware that if you are a donkey owner and you have concerns about your donkey’s health and welfare- we are here to help.

We are very fortunate to have a state of the art veterinary hospital, two incredible Veterinary Surgeons and a great team of Vet nurses here in Liscarroll. We also have a Diagnostic Lab and lab technician who ensures that the donkey’s bloods are regular and that they are all free from disease. The hospital also offers an x-ray service, a padded drop-down box and an exquisite operating theater.

Mick is minding Sinclair after his laser treatment

Jane is the light in the dark for two desperate donkeys

When faced with insurmountable odds, I know that my response and my fellow Welfare Advisers is to go that extra mile for donkeys in need. And so when asked to respond to two abandoned donkey in a forest reported to be over 100 acres the thought process was not so much how on earth do I find them but let’s do our utmost to locate them and bring them the care that they need.

Darkley and Squirrell abandoned and alone before rescue

Jay and Matthew looking for a home

Jay and Matthew are two beautiful 4 year old gelded donkeys. Jay was abandoned in Dublin in October 2013 and Matthew was abandoned in Mayo in November 2012.

The two skewbald beauties first met in The Sanctuary when they were put in to 'The Straw Barn' which houses a portion of the young male donkeys that we rescue. From the first day that they met it was apparent that they would be great buddies.

It is bizarre that the two boys are so similar in color, they could be mistaken for brothers! They have very sweet and gentle personalities.

Jay and Matthew

Farm Worker/Groom

We are looking to recruit a fixed term, full time, Farm Worker/Groom to be based at our Kanturk Farm at The Donkey Sanctuary (Ireland). You will be responsible for providing daily routine care for our donkeys and for supporting the Farm Supervisor in maintaining a clean, safe and secure environment.

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


Subscribe to The Donkey Sanctuary, Ireland RSS