The Donkey Sanctuary remains at the forefront of donkey welfare issues, promoting responsible ownership, health care and addressing the over production of donkeys in Ireland. We identified a worrying trend from the beginning of 2019 of unwanted donkey foals of which 12 alone this year have been relinquished into our care.
Through our Donkey Welfare Improvement Scheme (DWIS) we provide free castrations for ungelded stallions and colts. We work alongside local registered veterinary practitioners to provide this professional service. By offering this castration service we aim to reduce the welfare problem of over production of unwanted donkeys in Ireland and to prevent their suffering.
The Donkey Sanctuary is concerned at the number of donkeys being bred each year without adequate concern being given to the animal’s future. We have long held these concerns regarding indiscriminate breeding and have worked towards addressing the issue. We urge all owners to think very carefully before breeding a foal and adding to the welfare problem.
Donkeys are long lived with the average lifespan of a donkey is estimated at between 25-30 years. Some live beyond this age and well into their 40’s. This undoubtedly impacts on their welfare requirements and the need for a long term suitable secure home.
Often owners are allowing indiscriminate breeding to happen as the result of an ‘accident’ or putting their mare’s in foal without objectively considering their future, quality of stock and potential health defects and consideration of temperament.
If you are a donkey owner and you need help with castrating your donkeys, please contact our welfare office on 02249013 to learn more about the castration programme and avail of the service.