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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.
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.
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.
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.
A concerned member of the public contacted The Donkey Sanctuary regarding a large group of donkeys roaming through a bog in Co. Meath.
Our Donkey Welfare Adviser, Cathy, visited the bog to investigate, and was greeted by 17 terrified, neglected donkeys with extremely overgrown hooves.
One female donkey with the most horrendously twisted hooves struck a chord with Cathy. Although she was in visible pain and discomfort, she was kind and gentle. We named her Breeze.
On Palm Sunday, The Donkey Sanctuary responded to a request from two churches to attend two services in Belfast.
‘Sooty’ the donkey attended and was greeted with much adoration from the congregation in both parishes. Sooty was on hand to meet and greet everyone in the church hall and then made his way to the altar where he stood quietly as the Palm Sunday observation was read.
Sooty has come a long way since facing euthanasia as an unwanted donkey at an equine pound. It is hoped that having recently joined our re-homing scheme that he will find a loving guardian home.