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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

Visitor Centre Assistant

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Visitor Centre Assistant to join our dedicated team at the Donkey Sanctuary (Ireland).

As the face of The Donkey Sanctuary you will welcome and engage with our visitors, sell our unique donkey gifts, promote our Adopt a Donkey Scheme and encourage visitors to become supporters. Our Visitor Centre Assistants play an important part in promoting the charity, not just in Ireland, but worldwide.

Excellent customer service and communication skills and retail and cash handling experience are essential.

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

Office Manager (Maternity Cover)

An exciting opportunity has arisen at The Donkey Sanctuary (Ireland) Limited which is based in Liscarroll, a quiet idyllic working location, surrounded by fields of donkeys.

We have a vacancy for an experienced Office Manager with strong financial/accounting experience, to join our team on a fixed term (maternity cover) basis for a 6 month period starting mid-May until November 2015.

Easter Sunday Event

Event date: 
Sunday, 5 April, 2015 - 12:00 to 16:00
Airfield, Overend Way, Dundrum, Dublin 14.
Event status: 
Places available

Join our Donkey Welfare representatives who will be meeting and greeting people at the fabulous Easter Event in Airfields this Sunday.

Come along from 12-4pm and meet the beautiful donkeys, witness farrier demonstrations by our expert farrier and all round donkey expert Eugene. Speak to Cathy about her life as a Donkey Welfare Adviser and find out about the wonderful foster scheme that we operate. Loads to see and do on the day, not to be missed!


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