Donkey Lifelines

Donkey Lifelines virtual gifts

We have created this special range of Donkey Lifeline gifts knowing that each item will be of enormous benefit to the health and well-being of the donkeys we care for in Ireland. Income from gifts purchased will be used to fund a variety of projects in Ireland.

If you have any questions regarding Donkey Lifelines, please contact The Donkey Sanctuary on (022) 48398, and we will be pleased to tell you more.

How it works

  • Choose the Donkey Lifeline gift(s) you wish to purchase.
  • Download and print out a copy of the order form.
  • Complete the order form and return to The Donkey Sanctuary, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co. Cork.
  • On receipt of your order form we will send you a gift card for each gift purchased.

Download Donkey Lifelines order form

Our range of gifts

Hoof Trim Gift - €12


Donkeys that have been neglected often have severely overgrown hooves. Even a small amount of overgrowth can cause a great deal of pain and suffering for a donkey. Just imagine the discomfort of having to walk on your heel bone all day - a donkey's overgrown hooves would be just as painful.

This gift could pay for a Farrier to trim, file and treat a donkey’s hooves to enable them to move around easily.

Straw Bedding Gift - €18


Many donkeys arriving at the Sanctuary have had to endure the typically cold, wet and windy Irish weather for many years without having access to any shelter. Providing a stable or shelter for a donkey is essential so that they have a warm place to sleep as well as protection from the elements all year round.

This gift could provide a warm and cosy straw bed for donkeys in need of shelter.

Special Feed Gift - €22


A large number of our resident donkeys are currently over the age of 25 years and can no longer chew grass or hay properly due to worn out teeth. False teeth are obviously not an option but a change in their diet can be a good solution! To ensure that our older friends do not lose weight they are given special, nutritionally complete and easily manageable meals.

This gift could provide a week's supply of special feed for our older resident donkeys.

Dental Check-up Gift - €52


Donkeys need regular dental check-ups and often require treatment for poor teeth. New arrivals at the Sanctuary can suffer with painful mouths and sore gums often caused by sharp tooth edges. Tooth problems can create a loss of appetite and without expert treatment from an Equine Dental Technician, these donkeys could face starvation.

This gift could fund a visit from the Equine Dentist to rasp teeth and remove any uncomfortably sharp edges.

Full Vet Check-up Gift - €136


Our donkeys need regular veterinary check-ups to keep them healthy, particularly our older residents who often suffer from arthritis, joint stiffness, breathing difficulties, colds, lameness and weight loss. Donkeys are stoical animals and never complain, perhaps only showing signs of illness when it is almost too late.

This gift could provide a full veterinary check-up for an elderly donkey including taking blood tests to ensure early diagnosis and treatment of any problems.

Hospital Surgery Gift - €1000


Here at the Sanctuary we have a purpose built hospital which is used extensively to care for our donkeys. Running the operating theatre is very costly and donkeys are often admitted to surgery for procedures such as sarcoid (lump) removals, castrations and emergency surgery for new arrivals.

This gift could enable us to run the operating theatre for three hours ensuring that life-saving medical treatment can be given to many donkeys in need.

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