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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

Christmas Craft Fair and Food Fair with Santa's Grotto

Event date: 
Sunday, 29 November, 2015 - 12:00 to 17:00
Hannigans Farm, Lisgriffin Road, Liscarroll, Mallow, CO. Cork
Event status: 
No booking required

Come along to our Christmas Extravaganza and meet our beautiful donkeys and Santa Clause! Enjoy a very unique experience at Santa's Grotto and you will treasure the gifts that you receive. Meet Mrs. Clause and Santa's Elves on the day.

We have the cast of Frozen (a group of donkey foals that we rescued and called them after the Frozen characters) who cannot wait to meet all of their fans! There will be a photo opportunity with these donkeys and the soundtrack will be playing in their enclosure to heighten the excitement!

Xmas Craft and Food Fair

Under the Stars

We are always telling people that donkeys are sociable animals which need company. This was certainly the case for “Planet”. He is a fine healthy young donkey who lived in a big field in Co Roscommon.

Planet in high spirits in the care of The Donkey Sanctuary

Joint effort to rescue Vonnie

Donkey Welfare Adviser Cathy Griffin gives her account of responding to a call from the ISPCA and how it resulted in the rescue of a sweet donkey:

Standing on Mount Leinster in Carlow it was difficult to imagine that we would even find a donkey in such a vast desolate area never mind catch it! Several concerned people had contacted both the ISPCA and The Donkey Sanctuary about a small grey donkey abandoned in the area with overgrown hooves. The ISPCA chief inspector Conor Dowling was first on the scene and managed to locate the donkey but unfortunately was unable to catch her.

Vonnie about to begin her new life

Forrest and Whisper looking for homes

Forrest and Whisper are donkeys that were rescued by The Donkey Sanctuary. Both donkeys were in poor body condition when they first came to the Sanctuary and they are still receiving extra feed.

The farm and isolation grooms saw potential in these donkeys despite the hardship that they had endured prior to being rescued. The grooms identified the donkeys as suitable to be re-homed as they were gentle, kind and obedient.

Forrest and Whisper


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