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A big week for blind donkey Bocelli

In January 2015 the Sanctuary received a call from the public regarding three donkeys who had been abandoned illegally in county Louth. The weather was inclement and the donkeys had no feed or shelter so our Welfare team prioritized this case and removed the donkeys from this situation immediately. The Gardaí assisted with the relinquishment of the donkeys and were very helpful. The donkeys began their rehabilitation process in the comfort and warmth of the Sanctuary in Liscarroll.

Eren and Bocelli in July 2015

Edith and Mini look forward to Spring

Donkeys Edith and Mini were taken into the care of The Sanctuary in July 2015. Their owners could no longer care for them and made the responsible decision to contact us and ask for assistance. Our Welfare team sprung into action and before long these two donkeys were settling into life in Liscarroll.

The donkeys were in good condition, they were assessed by our Veterinary team and tests proved that Edith was in foal. A donkeys gestation period can last between 10-14 months and she was not very far gone so we anticipate that she will have her foal in the Spring/Summer months.

Edith and Mini peer out from their cosy home

The heart-breaking reality of animal rescue in Ireland

A pair of young donkeys called Polar and Marko have this week been rescued in the Munster region from a lifetime of extreme neglect by The Donkey Sanctuary.

Following a report from a concerned member of the public regarding the donkeys’ welfare, Donkey Welfare Adviser (DWA) Katie Reed visited the home and was shocked by what she saw. Katie stated that “this neglect was not due to lack of money but lack of interest.”

Marko RIP

Donkey rescued from mountain side in Spiddal

The Donkey Sanctuary was able to rescue an abandoned donkey thanks to the fundamental help given by members of the Spiddal community this week.

Following numerous reports from concerned members of the public regarding the welfare of a donkey on mountainous ground without access to feed or shelter, The Donkey Sanctuary’s Welfare Adviser, Ian Colton, searched the area for the donkey.

Salvus found in very poor condition

Christmas Craft Fair and Food Fair with Santa's Grotto

Event date: 
Sunday, 27 November, 2016 - 12:00
Hannigans Farm, Lisgriffin Road, Liscarroll, Mallow, CO. Cork
Event status: 
Places available

Come along to our Christmas Extravaganza and meet our beautiful donkeys and Santa Clause! Enjoy a very unique experience at Santa's Grotto and you will treasure the gifts that you receive. Meet Mrs. Clause and Santa's Elves on the day.

Kids will have the option of walking and grooming some of our quietest and most gentle donkeys.

Buy some beautiful Christmas presents from our artisan trade stands as well as our Donkey Sanctuary stock. There will be a food court on the day where you can treat yourself to some delicious treats!

Santa's Grotto

Open Weekend

Event date: 
Sunday, 25 September, 2016 - 12:00 to 17:00
Hannigans Farm, Lisgriffin Road, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
Event status: 
No booking required

Great fun for all the family.

There will be lots of fun activities:

◾Face painting
◾Trailer rides
◾Hospital tour
◾Adopt a donkey
◾Grooming and walking donkeys

There will also be gift stalls, information stand a raffle with some fabulous prizes donated by local companies, refreshments and much more.

Please come along and support us.

Admission €5 per car.

For more information, please call us on 022 48398.

We are looking forward to welcoming large crowds

Teddy Bear's Picnic

Event date: 
Thursday, 7 July, 2016 - 12:00 to 15:00
Knockardbane Farm, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
Event status: 
No booking required

To mark the start of the school holidays Get your Teddy Bears ready! €5 per child adults go free.

◾Colouring corner
◾Bouncy castles
◾Face painting
◾Musical statues prize for best dressed teddy
◾Prize for best look-a-like teddy and owner
◾Groom or walk our donkeys and lots more

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

Donkey cuddles

Summer Fair with Dog Show

Event date: 
Sunday, 15 May, 2016 - 12:00
Knockardbane Farm, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
Event status: 
No booking required

The Donkey Sanctuary plan to host a new event this year where we will have a dog show, live music, fun, games, face painting, bouncy castle slides and much more!

The event will take place in Knockardbane (weather dependent) from 12-4pm. There will be on-site refreshments and an opportunity to meet our donkeys and mules and enjoy a walk and a treasure hunt around the walkways.

Kids will have the opportunity to walk and groom the donkeys. There will be a donkey cart there on the day so don't forget your cameras for a memorable photo opportunity!

Summer Fair

Robin and Tiernan find a fairytale ending

Both Tiernan and Robin were taken into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary when they were both unwanted. Tiernan the result of being callously dumped in a remote forest while Robin faced possible euthanasia in an equine pound after being discarded.

Following rehabilitation both Tiernan and Robin soon became firm friends and joined our rehoming scheme as both proved to have outstanding personalities and handled exceptionally well.

Robin and Tiernan settling in well


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