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Sixteen donkeys taken in by The Donkey Sanctuary from South Mayo

Donkey welfare adviser David Walsh was recently contacted by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Mayo seeking assistance with a donkey welfare case in South Mayo.

Sixteen donkeys in very poor body condition were seized by the department and removed into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary. These neglected donkeys were abandoned in a field with no food and no access to water. Harsh winter weather conditions meant the field they were in was water logged. Alongside the live donkeys, the carcass of a dead donkey was also discovered.

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A new year and a new life for Echo the donkey

Last New Year’s Eve a forlorn and neglected donkey took a few uncertain steps onto a trailer and to his new life in the care of The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland whose headquarters is based in Mallow, Co.Cork.

In the last few days of 2017, one of our Donkey Welfare Adviser’s responded to a call from a member of the public who was very concerned about a donkey with extremely long hooves.

Donkey welfare adviser, Jane Bruce attended the location to discover a donkey in a shocking state of neglect. The donkey’s hooves were at least three times the length of a normal hoof.


Faith, Hope and Charity find refuge at The Donkey Sanctuary this Christmas.

Three female donkeys neglected and abandoned in North Belfast have been taken into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary.

The donkeys were originally brought to the attention of the charity by a concerned individual who was alarmed at the length and distortion of the donkeys’ hooves and the apparent lack of an owner as there was no sign of care and management being shown to the animals.

Faith, Hope and Charity

From Darkest Peru to Wiltshire

Recently I watched the first of the Paddington Bear movies. It features a young cartoon bear from Peru whose home is destroyed and who subsequently travels to London in search of a new home. Finding himself lost the story ends happily with the bear evading the evil taxidermist and being accepted into the Brown family. Paddington Bear has been around since it was first written in 1958 and the revival of this popular story appeals to children and those like me, not so young, who remember reading it when they were children too.

Harry & Kate arrive at their new home.

The Donkey Sanctuary working in remote rural communities

Recently I travelled to a remote village down winding mountain lanes over an hour from any tarmac road - to attend a workshop for local veterinary students run by The Donkey Sanctuary Mexico staff. The only economic activity of significance in Santa Ana del Rio is the production of mezcal – a clear alcohol liquid distilled from locally-grown cactus in 15 licensed village pot-stills and involving hundreds of villagers and working equids in the process – at every stage from field to final product.

Mule turning millstone to extract liquid from cactus


Expectations – we all have values, standards, needs and dreams. These lead us to have expectations. The Donkey Sanctuary have expectations when it comes to placing our donkeys in guardian homes. Preparing to rehome two donkeys can for some people involve additional work which varies from basic adaptions to their property to additional construction depending on their existing facilities. The basics include a shed, an area of hardstanding (concrete, stone or other dry surface) a source of clean water and a paddock suitably fenced. An electric fence is also considered a wise investment.

Ruby and Superstar leave The Donkey Sanctuary

Transforming the lives of donkeys (and equines) in need

The Donkey Sanctuary recently collaborated with local equine charities ‘My Lovely Horse Rescue’ and ‘The Equine Rescue Network’ to find homes for no less than 8 equines, 2 of which were donkeys and one a yearling mule.

Following a request to rehome two donkeys and a mule, our Welfare Adviser arrived to find that the donkeys and mule were also company to a consignment of several ponies all equally facing an uncertain future and in need of a home.

Rehomed Cob My Lovely Horse Rescue Equine Welfare Network


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