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My name is Paula and I've worked within the charity for over 8 years now and I love it. I’ve always been an animal lover and adore donkeys and mules. I’m always telling my family stories of what we’re up to at the Sanctuary, and with the recent focus on ‘animals at war’, particularly the role of the mule, I was surprised to hear that my Grandad had his own story to tell.
Grandad, Norman Aldridge, is from Plymouth and in 1950 carried out National Service in Eritrea, East Africa. Now at the age of 85, he talks about his time out on patrol and the mules that accompanied them.
Whether you adopt Millie the Mule, or if you have visited our Sidmouth Sanctuary recently, or even if you are just an avid watcher of our live donkey webcams, you will have spotted some additional residents in Shelter 6.
Popular Poitou pair Noah and Dartanyan have moved in with Millie the Mule and her best friend Jump.
These are big donkeys with big characters so the introduction has happened bit by bit, with the two pairs able to 'meet' each other over the fence in the first instance, before becoming fully-fledged 'roomies'.
Earlier this year I wrote ‘A Story of Collaboration’, giving Donkey Sanctuary supporters an insight into two of my amazing Guardian Homes and the special kind of enrichment they do to keep their mules and donkeys happy, healthy and stimulated. After my recent visit I got an email from Lesley with a very proud update about one of her amazing mules, Milo.
Drive down a winding country lane in rural Warwickshire and you will find the idyllic setting of Northleigh House School. The school, based in a country house, was established in 2012 for children who cannot study in a mainstream setting. Those who have experienced bullying, anxiety or have been unable to cope in larger school settings can learn in this safe, calm and creative environment. The staff at Northleigh are dedicated to encouraging learning and development in their students in as many ways as possible – including meeting two of Donkey Sanctuary Birmingham’s fantastic donkeys!