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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.


Family Pet Expo

Event date: 
Saturday, 7 November, 2015 - 10:00 to Sunday, 8 November, 2015 - 17:00
Simmonscourt Dublin
Event status: 
Places available

We will have an information and fundraising stand at the Expo again this year! We had so much fun last year we cannot wait for more fun and games this year.

Pet Expo is a pet lover's paradise dedicated to promoting responsible ownership of pets.

For more information about the event, please visit

We look forward to meeting you on the day!

Molly enjoying the attention at Pet Expo 2014

Limerick Women's Mini Marathon

Event date: 
Sunday, 25 October, 2015 - 12:00
University of Limerick
Event status: 
Places available

Now in its 18th year the Limerick Women’s Mini Marathon is firmly established as the premier women’s running event in Limerick and the Midwest. Over 3,000 women of all ages and abilities will participate in this event on Sunday of the October Bank Holiday Weekend.

This event is synonymous with charities from all over the Midwest for fundraising. Many of the women will run, walk or jog to raise much needed funds for their respective charities and we are desperately appealing to you to run in aid of The Donkey Sanctuary.

Supporters taking part in a Mini Marathon

Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2015

Event date: 
Monday, 26 October, 2015 - 09:00
Dublin City
Event status: 
Places available

Looking to join hundreds of people this October for the 36th SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon?? Well now it's time to dust off those runners, lace up and run for our beloved donkeys.

Register now via:

Contact us on 022-48398 or email us on for your sponsorship pack complete with t-shirt, information and gifts!

Pearse Stokes running London City Marathon in aid of the donkeys

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

Direct Debit Assistant

We have a vacancy for a Direct Debit Assistant to work within the Fundraising team in Knockardbane, Liscarroll.

This new role will require you to provide advice and information to our supporters in-country and to process the direct debit income for the Charity.

Excellent administration, communication and IT skills are essential, as is the ability to demonstrate a high level of accuracy and attention to detail and to work successfully with a number of conflicting demands.

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


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