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Basil: A very special donkey

This is a dedication to a very special donkey called Basil. While it is very hard to play favourites with the donkeys at the sanctuary as they all have their own special characteristics and charm, there are some that just quietly creep into your heart and before you know it you’re smitten.

Wedding Basil

Introducing our new Intern

Hello everyone! My name is Abi Sefton, and I am excited to start at The Donkey Sanctuary as your new intern veterinary surgeon. Thank you everyone for the warm and friendly welcome that I have received so far, and I’m looking forward to getting to know you all better.


Animal welfare science Dr Dolittle style!

Just like Dr Dolittle, I bet you talk to your animals and some of you may say your animals talk right back! Many of our fabulous staff and volunteers at The Sanctuary can be heard deep in conversation with their donkey friends – who are very good listeners! Up until a few years ago researchers would say such behaviour had no place in science. However, animal welfare science has come on in leaps and bounds in the last couple of decades and it is now accepted that, in order to find out what an animal likes and dislikes, one just has to ask. And how do we do this?

Donkey in barn

We're in!

Well, following on from our last blog we are all in and settling down to life at the new hospital. Desks have been unpacked and organised, the drug cupboard is stocked and locked, the theatre has been christened with our first surgeries (sarcoid removals and castrations), the stocks in the new examination rooms have been in use for x-rays, dentals and standing surgeries and the stables have been filled and emptied and cleaned as the donkeys have come and gone.

New hospital donkeys

We're on the move!

The time has finally arrived and the Veterinary Department are in the middle of moving from our old hospital buildings to the brand new, purpose built hospital at Brookfield Farm. This follows a lot of hard work by many people and many departments to coordinate movement of all the equipment, drugs, people and paperwork accumulated over the years!

Packing up

Life in the old donks yet

This is a tribute to donkeys (of course!), Donkey Welfare Adviser, Mark Kerr, and a fabulous Donkey Guardian. I had the great pleasure of visiting a guardian home in Mark's area recently. Mandy gave a wonderful home to Eddie and Toffee who had been lovingly trained until they were ready to go out to a forever home by our grooms. And that could have been the end of the story.

Tommy, Teddy, Toffee and Eddie


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