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Mule misconception

What comes to people’s minds when they hear the word mule: stubborn, aggressive or even dangerous? Mules can be perceived as all of these things but it is in fact our perception and how we work with and respect these animals for what they are. When treated with kindness, patience and understanding they learn to trust and obey. If they are treated with force they are most likely not going to obey as they can sense danger. This is where people’s perception of mules as being aggressive comes into play. But it is a defence mechanism for them, to protect themselves.

Robin helping to sweep the yard!

Under the stars

We are always telling people that donkeys are sociable animals which need company. This was certainly the case for a donkey called Planet. He is a fine healthy young donkey who lived in a big field in Co Roscommon. He lived “under the stars” as he had no shed or stable but he coped with that.

Planet at time of rescue

Education is the most powerful tool we can use to change the world

Education is without doubt a key part of the answer to improving the lives of donkeys and mules in Ireland and running donkey care courses in new venues throughout Leinster is something high on the priority list. We have held successful courses in Wexford and Dublin in established guardian homes and at My Lovely Horse welfare organisation in Kildare. Courses have been well attended and the feedback has been positive and encouraging.

Donkey care course

Fundraising Assistant

We have a vacancy for a Fundraising Assistant to assist our busy team at Knockardbane in organising fund-raising events and campaigns. You will open and distribute post on a daily basis, reconciling and processing cash, cheques, postal orders and credit card transactions as required.

Possessing strong interpersonal skills, you will develop and provide support, advice and assistance to a network of volunteers and build effective and strong relationships with supporters.

Hoofprints in time

Phoenix (age 5) and Baxten (age 6) are two ordinary donkeys that came to me a year ago from the Donkey Sanctuary. They are two lively young donkeys with an inquisitive attitude to life. At the weekend they went back 100 years in time to 1916. The occasion was the “Country and Rural Life” re-enactment hosted by Teagasc on their farm in Athenry, Co Galway and over 20,000 people were expected. Three months ago both the donkeys and I were totally unprepared for this journey.

Pheonix and Baxten

Teddy Bear's Picnic is around the corner

We are in full preparation for our annual Teddy Bear's Picnic on July 7th in our Open Farm in Knockardbane, Liscarroll.

This will be the fourth time holding this event and every year it keeps getting better. This year we have an array of activities from face-painting, bouncy castle, treasure hunt, coloring corner, great music, donkey walking and grooming and a special teddy bear hospital. There is a competition for the best teddy and owner look alike and the best dressed teddy bear on the day. Our stunning mares and foals will also be there to meet you on the day.

Great fun day out with your teddy and family

Laboratory Technician

We have an excellent opportunity for a Laboratory Technician to join our Veterinary team at The Donkey Sanctuary (Ireland) Limited

Possessing previous biological laboratory experience and knowledge of laboratory principles you will assist with the general running of the Pathological Laboratory and research projects and provide in-house services to the clinical/veterinary team. Equine knowledge and good customer service skills are essential.

This is a full-time, fixed term role starting as soon as possible until 20 June 2017, working 39 hours per week, 5 days over 7.

Lavina is reunited with Bebe and Annabelle

Lavina has been a long time donkey lover and Donkey Sanctuary supporter. She kept donkeys Bebe and Annabelle in her residence in Clare for over twenty years. Lavina had to make the very difficult decision to return to the USA last year and she dealt with Katie Reed when relinquishing her two girls to us. This was a heart breaking decision for Lavina but little did she know what would happen next.

Lavina lavishing in the company of her donkeys


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