A new weekly Lottery to help donkeys in greatest need in the UK and worldwide has been launched by international animal welfare charity, The Donkey Sanctuary.

The Donkey Sanctuary uses its funds to care for its 7,000 resident donkeys and mules in the UK and Europe. The charity also runs a donkey-facilitated learning programme that helps vulnerable children and adults develop life skills, by connecting with donkeys on an emotional and physical level.

Internationally, The Donkey Sanctuary operates programmes for donkeys and mules working in agriculture, industry and transportation. 500 million people worldwide still rely on working donkeys as a lifeline to support their livelihoods.

The lottery will help donkeys like Lottie and Lola, who were found struggling to walk because of their severely overgrown and painful hooves. They were living in a muddy field with little access to a shelter, leaving them to hide behind a hedge to escape the wind and rain.

Thanks to The Donkey Sanctuary's intervention, Lottie and Lola are now safe in the charity's care, following their rescue. The pair are now are receiving expert care of a vet and farrier, who have begun remedial treatment on their seriously overgrown hooves.

They will now have a loving home for life, but there are still many more donkeys in desperate need of help.

Lisa McCormack, Head of Fundraising at The Donkey Sanctuary said: "As a charity that relies solely on donations, we fundraise in as many different ways as possible. Playing our new lottery is one way supporters can make a real difference to the lives of donkeys like Lottie and Lola, and possibly win some money for themselves too!

"The funds raised from The Donkey Sanctuary Lottery will go towards our work here in the UK and worldwide too."

The Donkey Sanctuary Lottery runs every Friday with a jackpot of £1,000 each week and a further 32 cash prizes.

The Donkey Sanctuary Lottery is regulated by The Gambling Commission to ensure it is conducted fairly, openly and transparently.

The Donkey Sanctuary is a global leader for equine welfare, research and veterinary care. The charity operates programmes worldwide for animals working in agriculture, industry and transportation.

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Notes to Editors

The Donkey Sanctuary is the world's largest equine welfare charity. Our vision is a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering and their contribution to humanity is fully valued. We run 10 sanctuaries around the UK and Europe, giving lifelong care to more than 7,000 donkeys and mules. Our hospital treats sick donkeys and trains vets both nationwide and worldwide. Our donkey-facilitated learning programme helps vulnerable children and adults develop life skills by connecting with donkeys on an emotional and physical level. The charity operates programmes worldwide for animals working in agriculture, industry and transportation, and those used in the production of meat and skin.