The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland was in receipt of a funding award from The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine on Christmas week. The funding will help to launch and implement a proposed Donkey Welfare Improvement Scheme (DWIS) for 2017.
The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland has been in operation for almost thirty years and in that time has rescued and rehabilitated over 5,250 donkeys and mules. The organisation is currently overstretched and is currently caring for a staggering 1,823 donkeys and mules.
Noel Carton, Head of Operations Ireland has said that: “The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland would like to thank Michael Creed TD, Minister for The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine for awarding the charity with €120,000 in animal welfare funding. The funding will help us to implement a Donkey Welfare Improvement Scheme in 2017 which aims to improve the welfare of donkeys across Ireland by assisting their owners with castrations, microchipping, vet, farrier and dental treatments. This work will help reduce indiscriminate donkey breeding and incidents of welfare compromised animals. We are confident this will lead to a reduction in the currently unsustainable volume of unwanted donkeys being relinquished into our care.”