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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

Clonulty Vintage Show

Event date: 
Sunday, 23 August, 2015 - 12:00
Clonulty, Co. Tipperary
Event status: 
Places available

Donkey Welfare Adviser Katie Reed will attend the Clonulty Vintage Show on Sunday August 23rd.

Katie will be promoting the rehoming scheme and giving out information about the work that we do. Katie will be joined on the day by two donkeys who have been rehomed to the area. You have the opportunity to see how well these donkeys have settled to their news surroundings and hear first hand the benefits they have made to the lives of their guardians.

This will hopefully encourage more people to visit The Sanctuary and fall in love!

Promotional Event Macroom

Event date: 
Tuesday, 18 August, 2015 - 11:00
Macroom Town Square, Co. Cork.
Event status: 
No booking required

The Donkey Sanctuary staff will attend the weekly trading day in Macroom to supply the public with information on the work that is carried out in Liscarroll and throughout the country.

We love to meet our supporters and thank them for their continued support and hopefully we will gain some new supporters on the day.

Please feel free to come up and have a chat!

Christmas Raffle and Carol Singing

Event date: 
Thursday, 17 December, 2015 - 13:30
The Donkey Sanctuary, Knockardbane, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co. Cork.
Event status: 
No booking required

Come and join us for our Christmas event!

There may be some carol singing around our beautiful crib on the day and the winner of our Christmas Raffle will be drawn by local priest Father Robin Morrissey.

Visitor centre will be stocked with Christmas gifts and light refreshments, tea, coffees available on the day.

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RDS Horse Show

Event date: 
Sunday, 9 August, 2015 - 15:00
Ring 1, RDS Main Arena, Dublin
Event status: 
Places available

Come and watch our rehabilitated donkeys and mules take part in the parade in the Main Ring between 3-4pm on Sunday.

Meet our welfare advisers who will be happy to tell you about the work that we carry out throughout Ireland. If you are interested in the rehoming scheme then be sure to catch up with one of the team on the day and they will tell you all about what is required and the benefits of caring for donkeys.

We look forward to meeting you there!

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


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