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Magical minis

Enter Stage left from The Donkey Sanctuary lorry to a rapt audience of over 1300 – Paddington, Rupert and Teddy, three Mediterranean miniature donkeys arrive at Ockendon Academy.

Paddington, Rupert and Teddy

Inspirational and fun!

The Eastern Region of the Donkey Breed Society held a Learn to Drive your Donkey Day at the wonderful facilities of Annette Staveley, the Regional Delegate for this area. Annette has the benefit of an indoor school and covered areas suitable for all sorts of activities so the, often wayward, British weather could do what it liked!

Michelle in driving mode

Red tractor day!

When Liz Wright, fellow Donkey Welfare Adviser, and I visited The Donkey Sanctuary's Romanian holding base in Cernavoda 3 years ago and were told they desperately needed a tractor, we decided to fundraise in order to help this dream come true. Water and feed were being physically handled in bitterly cold temperatures by both vets and staff to the 65 donkeys during the winters, where temperatures can drop to -20 degrees.

'Marjorie' the tractor

Your pain is my pain

Being a holding base for Sanctuary donkeys is always rewarding but when a donkey is unwell, it can be quite a commitment. Holding bases are used when donkeys cannot immediately travel to Devon for whatever reason or if they may be suitable for re-homing within an area. The Sanctuary has a number around the United Kingdom.

Betty and Pompey on box rest

The difference a donkey makes

As many of you will know, The Donkey Sanctuary has two foster donkeys in residence at the amazing Mudchute City Farm on the Isle of Dogs in London.

Saturday 12 December was a special day for the team on the farm. With Christmas just around the corner the farm hosted their Living Nativity Day with gift stalls, roasted chestnuts, Father Christmas Grotto and a chance for visitors to purchase the perfect Christmas Tree.

Harley and boy at Mudchute Farm

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