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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

Farm Worker/Groom

An opportunity has arisen for a Farm Worker/Groom to join our team at Hannigans Farm at The Donkey Sanctuary (Ireland) Limited.

You will provide daily routine care for our donkeys, assist the veterinary team and support the Farms Manager in maintaining a clean, safe and secure environment.

This is a full-time, permanent contract, starting as soon as possible.

Tinsel and Jingles find their loving ‘Guardian’ home

Tinsel and Jingles rose to prominence as two donkeys rescued by The Donkey Sanctuary as the result of their previous owner ‘James Steele’ being convicted of a string of animal welfare offences.

The donkeys were rescued in February and following several months of care to address their neglected state the donkeys were deemed suitable to be considered for the re-homing scheme based on their improving health and kind temperaments.

Tinsel and Jingles in their loving home

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


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