Since The Donkey Sanctuary first opened its doors in 1987 it has provided a loving home for over 5,000 donkeys. The Sanctuary continues to rescue donkeys in need and has taken in 91 since the beginning of 2016.
Following a report from a concerned member of the public regarding the abandonment of two donkeys in a desolate avenue in Tipperary, Donkey Welfare Adviser Katie Reed rushed to the address and was shocked by what she saw. Katie stated that “it was evident that they had not been treated by a farrier in a number of years as their hooves were severely overgrown, twisted and painful.”
Both donkeys were malnourished and the lack of shelter meant that they were saturated to the skin. Katie contacted Joe Collins, Senior Donkey Welfare Adviser and transport for the pair was urgently organised.
The arrival of these two dishevelled donkeys into the Sanctuary’s care raised the number of donkeys taken in to a staggering 5,000. The donkeys were called Cinco Mil (meaning 5,000 in Spanish) and Sergio. Both donkeys are receiving ongoing veterinary and farrier care.
The Welfare Department at The Donkey Sanctuary has been the first point of contact for every donkey that has come through the gates over the past 29 years.
Donkey owners contact the charity when they are unable to look after their animals. There are many reasons for these changes in circumstances but it is often a result of ill health, or a change in their job or home situation. When donkeys are abandoned or need urgent help, the charity rescues the animals and collaborates with department officials.
The farm and veterinary staff in the Sanctuary then take on the role of caring for the donkeys and nursing them to full health. With the high levels of donkeys in need in Ireland The Donkey Sanctuary is appealing to the public to rehome donkeys, if you are in a position to care for two donkeys please get in touch by calling 022-49013.