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Donkey care course success

The Donkey Sanctuary received a very warm welcome from the Burn Equestrian Centre in Belfast, this was the host venue for our recent ‘Introduction to Donkey Care Course.’ Participants included those interested in rehoming donkeys as well as several owners with newly acquired donkeys. The course was provided by Donkey Welfare Adviser Jane Bruce.

The course covered all aspects of donkey management and donkeys ‘Sooty’ and ‘May’ were on hand to help participants develop confidence in handling donkeys safely. A thoroughly enjoyable learning experience was had by all.

The participants of the course with donkeys Sooty and May

The importance of microchipping your donkeys

In Ireland, the identification system for equines (horses, donkeys, mules, hinnies) comprises of a passport, a micro-chip and details recorded on a database maintained by approved issuing bodies.

It is the law that all equines have a passport and a microchip. The aim of these regulations is to improve the system for the identification of equines and to provide extra safeguards for owners and breeders of equines as to the identity of animals. It also represents a major step forward in safeguarding the food chain.

Donkeys at the Sanctuary in Liscarroll

Local donkey legend-Eugene Butler

Eugene has been working with The Donkey Sanctuary since the beginning and he has done unbelievable work to improve the lives of thousands of donkeys and mules. When he is not driving the lorry up and down the country or rounding donkeys up in the mountains, forestry's and bogs of Ireland he can be found educating the public at Donkey Care Courses and attending shows all over Ireland highlighting the work that we carry out. Eugene is also lucky enough to deliver our trained, fit and healthy donkeys to their new homes.

Eugene and Richie

General Maintenance Person

We are looking for a General Maintenance person to support the operational activities of our team at Liscarroll.

Demonstrating practical building experience, you will carry out general maintenance work, with particular emphasis on carpentry/joinery, basic plumbing repairs and painting and decorating.

Practical knowledge of Health and Safety requirements, together with excellent communication skills and the ability to work unsupervised on a variety of projects is essential. Experience of organising fleet maintenance is desirable.

Stage 1: Donkey care induction day

Event date: 
Saturday, 2 April, 2016 - 10:00 to 16:00
Location: 
Sean O'Farrell, Tworeskeheen, Clifden, Co Galway
Event status: 
Places available

This one day course combines the latest knowledge about caring for donkeys with practical hands on experience.

The day will help you decide if donkeys are suitable for your home and what to expect when they arrive and to feel more confident about looking after and handling your donkeys.

Donkeys are not small horses with big ears so even if you have owned horses for 20 years there is so much to learn about the differences between caring for donkeys and horses that attending a course is always an eye-opener.

Stage 1: Donkey care induction day

Stage 1: Donkey care induction day

Event date: 
Saturday, 16 April, 2016 - 10:00 to 16:00
Location: 
Burn Equestrian Centre, Saintfield Road, Belfast BT8 8BH
Event status: 
Places available

This one day course combines the latest knowledge about caring for donkeys with practical hands on experience.

The day will help you decide if donkeys are suitable for your home and what to expect when they arrive and to feel more confident about looking after and handling your donkeys.

Donkeys are not small horses with big ears so even if you have owned horses for 20 years there is so much to learn about the differences between caring for donkeys and horses that attending a course is always an eye-opener.

Stage 1: Donkey care induction day

Important week for donkeys

This is an important week for donkeys as it starts with Palm Sunday which for many means the day when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Added to the biblical account is the legend that Jesus made a cross on its back and ever since a cross over a donkeys back is a common marking.

Donkeys enjoying the sunshine and the grass

17 donkeys rescued in Meath

A concerned member of the public contacted The Donkey Sanctuary regarding a large group of donkeys roaming through a bog in Co. Meath.

Our Donkey Welfare Adviser, Cathy, visited the bog to investigate, and was greeted by 17 terrified, neglected donkeys with extremely overgrown hooves.

One female donkey with the most horrendously twisted hooves struck a chord with Cathy. Although she was in visible pain and discomfort, she was kind and gentle. We named her Breeze.

Donkeys rescued in Meath

Sooty shines on Palm Sunday

On Palm Sunday, The Donkey Sanctuary responded to a request from two churches to attend two services in Belfast.

‘Sooty’ the donkey attended and was greeted with much adoration from the congregation in both parishes. Sooty was on hand to meet and greet everyone in the church hall and then made his way to the altar where he stood quietly as the Palm Sunday observation was read.

Sooty has come a long way since facing euthanasia as an unwanted donkey at an equine pound. It is hoped that having recently joined our re-homing scheme that he will find a loving guardian home.

Sooty surrounded by children on Psalm Sunday

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