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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

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.

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 2016 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

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