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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

Paddy Barrett Enters Hall of Fame

On Sunday 3rd May, in The Sheraton Hotel, Athlone Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (as seen below) presented a National Hall of Fame Award to Paddy Barrett, founder of The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland.

Paddy said that it was a privilege and an honour to receive this prestigious award and he wanted to thank the Irish Donkey Breed Society for the honourable nomination.

Micheal Ring TD presenting Paddy with Hall of Fame Award

Helping to support responsible pet advertising

Noel Carton, Head of Operations, Donkey Sanctuary Ireland and Dr Joe Collins, Senior Donkey Welfare Advisor, have been working with the Department of Agriculture, Veterinary Ireland, and other animal welfare organisations to set up the Irish Pet Advertising Advisory Group (IPAAG).

Simon Coveney TD, Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine launched IPAAG's Minimum Standards for online classified advertising websites on 15th April 2015.

Baby Foal Diesel makes a Friend

Diesel was taken into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary when he was just a few hours old after being rejected by his mother. He was very weak and in need of nourishment and care. The Veterinary team responded immediately and brought the weak little fellow into the warm and secure Sanctuary where he was bottle fed. The Vet and Farm teams formulated a rota as Diesel needed to be fed every two hours and monitored closely. There were some heart-wrenching moments when the Veterinary Surgeons were called in urgently and we were unsure of Diesel's future.

Diesel nuzzling up to best friend Olaf

Baby foal rescue

This little baby foal was born to a young donkey mare that rejected him. The donkey's concerned owner called The Donkey Sanctuary and asked for help. The Sanctuary responded immediately and the weak baby foal, just hours old was brought into The Sanctuary.

The Veterinary team are doing an incredible job of caring for the foal and feeding him every 2 hours. He will require a huge amount of care and attention but will hopefully grow to become a healthy, strong donkey.

Diesel when we first rescued him


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