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Summer Fair at The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast

The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast’s fantastic Summer Fair is taking place on Saturday 2 July 2016 from 10am to 2pm and packed with plenty of fun for the whole family including the chance to meet their Adoption donkeys.

Join the centre in Templepatrick for their annual Summer Fair where there will be many stalls and activities for all the family. There will be a host of games and things to do, including a bouncy slide and assault course, face-painting, tombola and raffle.

The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast

Ever wondered how donkeys are trained to long rein or to pull a cart?

Some of the donkeys at the donkey assisted therapy centres and at Slade House Farm are trained to draw carts.

Long reining and driving are great activities to provide enrichment for the donkeys as well being a very effective way to keep them physically and mentally fit so they can carry out their donkey assisted therapy work better.

Sian from our donkey assisted therapy in Manchester with Harry

Celebrating 40 Years of donkey assisted therapy

On the 25 November 2015 The Donkey Sanctuary is celebrating 40 years of providing donkey assisted therapy.

40 years ago the vision of The Donkey Sanctuary's founder Dr Elisabeth Svendsen began a journey which has since given happiness to many donkeys, children and adults.

Our founder, Dr Svendsen, had the idea of bringing together children with additional needs, and donkeys who were healthy and happiest when socialising with humans… so in November 1975 she set out to make this dream a reality.

Dr Elisabeth Svendsen

Rock out with The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast

Tickets are on sale for The Donkey Sanctuary’s music fundraising night at the Hilton Templepatrick on Friday 18 September from 8pm.

The Donkey Sanctuary is holding a classic rock tribute night at the Hilton Templepatrick, Belfast on Saturday 18 September. The Illegals and a Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band featuring the amazing Niamh Kavanagh will be performing on the night.

A fantastic evening is lined up to support the worldwide work of The Donkey Sanctuary. The classic rock music will give the audience a blast from the past.

Donkeys at Belfast assisted therapy centre

Fun Dog Show at The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast

The Donkey Sanctuary Assisted Therapy Centre Belfast is holding a Fun Dog Show on Saturday 23 May 2015, from 12pm to 3pm.

A special dog themed fun day is taking place at The Donkey Sanctuary in Templepatrick. There will be classes suitable for everyone and every dog! An agility display will be on the agenda with a chance for you to have a go with your own dog as well as a ‘doggy dash’ to find the fastest pooch. This is a day the whole family will enjoy, and for those hard working owners and friends there will be a BBQ and refreshments to enjoy throughout the afternoon.

Belfast fun dog show

Lighting up faces with joy in Romania

Gary Johnston, Senior Riding Instructor, at our Belfast donkey assisted therapy centre recently visited the centre's twinned partner in Romania. The purpose of his visit was to train staff on donkey assisted therapy and deliver riding therapy sessions.

In Romania they have just started a new therapy project in an orphanage in Bradet, Transylvania. The Centrul De Reabilitare Scolara have recently fostered two donkeys and they plan to start riding therapy for the children at the orphanage.

Spring Fair at The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast

The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast is holding a Spring Fair on Saturday 18 April from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

This family fun day is packed with lots to do. Browse through produce and craft stalls, grab something tasty from the BBQ, and children can even enjoy donkey cart rides.

Lorraine Nelson, Centre Coordinator says “Everyone is welcome at this popular fundraising event to celebrate the beginning of Spring. There will be plenty of activities to take part in, including ‘donkey doodles’ – where you can paint your own little ceramic donkey!”

Spring Fair at The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast

Templepatrick Fun Dog Show

The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast is holding a Fun Dog Show on Saturday the 6th of September 2014 from 12pm – 4pm.

A special dog themed fun day is taking place at The Donkey Sanctuary in Templepatrick this Saturday. There will be classes suitable for everyone and every dog! An agility display will be on the agenda with a chance for you to have a go with your own dog as well as a ‘doggy dash’ to find the fastest pooch. This is a day the whole family will enjoy, and for those hard working owners and friends there will be a BBQ and refreshments to enjoy throughout the afternoon.

Templepatrick fun dog show

Giving the gift of friendship

As Farms Equine Assistant, one of my main jobs has been to visit all our potential foster donkeys. I go with a colleague from our welfare team to assess their suitability before putting the donkeys forward to have a thorough medical examination with one of the vets; to ensure they have a perfect bill of health before hopefully joining their new home.

Ike and Jazz from Woods Farm

Darren’s tough triple challenge raises funds for Belfast’s Donkey Assisted Therapy Centre

On Saturday 28th September Darren McCluney presented a cheque for £904 to The Donkey Sanctuary’s Donkey Assisted Therapy centre in Belfast after completing three extreme fundraising events.

Darren completed three tough sporting challenges including Hell and Back in Wicklow, Ireland in June, Total Warrior in the Lake District in August and local event Lap the Lough in August which is a 130km cycle around Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland.

Darren presenting cheque
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