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Stage 1: Donkey care induction day

Event date: 
Saturday, 18 June, 2016 - 10:00 to 16:00
Victoria bridge, Co Tyrone
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

Farms Manager, Ireland

Are you passionate about improving the lives of animals?

Would you like to work for one of Irelands leading animal welfare charities?

The Donkey Sanctuary is one of the largest animal charities in the world and the largest equine charity working internationally.

The Sanctuary is home to over 1,800 donkeys rescued from all over Ireland. Since opening our doors in Ireland in 1987 we have reached almost 5,000 donkeys, and we are continually growing and expanding each year.

HR Administration Assistant

We are looking to recruit an experienced HR Administration Assistant to support the Operations Support Manager at The Donkey Sanctuary (Ireland) Limited.

The main duties will include responding to HR enquiries with timely and accurate advice, in line with best practice. Providing support and facilitating the recruitment and new starter processes and assisting with the updating and maintenance of personnel records and other employment related documentation.

Adopt a donkey for your Valentine

Don’t forget ladies and gents that Valentines is only around the corner. Why not be adventurous and extra thoughtful this year by adopting a donkey for a loved one or for yourself.

How does adopting a donkey help?

Your adoption of €20 will last 1 year. By adopting one of these six donkeys, you will be helping us in our work of improving the lives of countless donkeys throughout Ireland.

For this you will receive:

Adopt a donkey for Valentines

Quality Time Volunteer Inspiration

We are indebted to our amazing, inspiring volunteers who make their way to the Sanctuary, as Lynn says below 'come rain, hail or shine!'

We are lucky enough to have a team of amazing ladies and gentlemen that are always willing to help out with the donkeys and assist the farm staff. The volunteers love to groom and spend time with the donkeys and the donkeys love all of the fuss and attention.

QTV Angelique giving special TLC to our older donkeys

Mule education and appreciation

Are we experiencing an increase in mule numbers in Ireland?

Or are we simply reaching more mules in need? Perhaps people are more aware now of the work we do rescuing and rehabilitating these unique animals? Whatever the answer, we can safely say that in the past 29 years on the frontline of equine welfare in Ireland we have never had to deal with so many mules and hinnies as we have in the last year. All shapes, sizes, ages and colours but all with the same need; a safe haven.

Mule Louisianna and Pippa

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


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