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European Commission welcomes clear and simple guidelines to assess welfare of equidae for transport

The European Commission has welcomed the publication of practical guidelines on assessing the fitness for transport of equidae (horses, ponies, donkeys and their hybrids), an essential resource for anyone involved in the transport process, which was produced through a collaboration of agri-food, transport, veterinary organisations and animal welfare groups supported by the European Commission.

Eli Dipsy and Cecil rescued in March 2013

Farm Worker/Groom, Hannigans Farm

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, 1 year fixed term contract, starting as soon as possible.

Donkey information Day

Event date: 
Monday, 28 March, 2016 - 11:00 to 16:00
Location: 
Airfield Estate, Overend Way, Dundrum, Dublin Dublin 14
Event status: 
Places available

Three representatives from The Donkey Sanctuary will dedicate this day to all things donkey! This is no charge for this event but donations are gratefully received. To register your interest please email info@thedonkeysanctuary.ie or call us on 022-49013.

Joe Collins is an equine vet, Senior Donkey Welfare Advisor at the Donkey Sanctuary, happy to talk about any equine health/veterinary matters.

Donkeys at the Sanctuary in Liscarroll

Stage 1: Donkey care induction day

Event date: 
Tuesday, 29 March, 2016 - 10:10 to 16:00
Location: 
Airfield Estate, Overend Way, Dundrum, Dublin 14
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 2: Donkey health care day

Event date: 
Saturday, 6 August, 2016 - 10:00 to 16:00
Location: 
Sathya Sai Sanctuary Trust for Nature, Castlebaldwin, County Sligo
Event status: 
Places available

This one day course follows on from the Donkey Care Induction Day (Stage 1) and covers how to manage your donkey to avoid the most common problems and illnesses.

This course will cover:

Stage 1: Donkey care induction day

Walkways reopened and treasure hunt underway

The recent dry weather has enabled us to open up the walkways to our visitors. There are restrictions in certain areas but you are free to walk around, meet our donkeys, participate in the treasure hunt, grab a coffee or donkey gift in the Visitor Centre and enjoy a picnic in the picnic area and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.

The treasure hunt is just €2 per child and the staff in the Visitor Centre will tell you all you need to know.

When visiting please wear appropriate footwear.

Admission and parking are free but donations are gratefully received.

Our walkings overlooking the donkeys

Farm Worker/Groom, Hannigans Farm

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, fixed term contract, starting as soon as possible until 31 March 2017.

the interesting life of mule foal Stig

Stig has led quite an interesting life for a one year old Mule! He was found as a stray and taken into the horse pound facility with his miniature Shetland pony mother called Arabella. They made their way into the security of our Sanctuary where Stig was gradually weaned and Arabella was rehomed through the ISPCA.

Stig went on to become best friends with orphan foal Robbie Cub and he is renowned for his cheeky but lovable antics!

Stig and Arabella

Donkey owner receives lifetime ban from owning animals

Mr James Steele from Glenavy was recently found guilty of two charges under the Welfare of Animals Act (NI) 2011. The Donkey Sanctuary is now caring for the two remaining donkeys.

These charges related to Mr Steele’s failure to make adequate provision for the welfare of six donkeys and causing unnecessary suffering to the donkeys, which ultimately had to be euthanized.

Mr Steele pleaded guilty to the offences and as a result, the Court ordered he pay costs of £1,059.98 and £166. Mr Steele also received a six months suspended sentence.

The two remaining donkeys

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