Help us provide a home
Left to suffer
Left to scavenge for their own food and surviving off the land, Cecil and his close friends, Eli and Dipsy, became desperately malnourished, losing so much weight that their ribs could be seen through their dishevelled coats. Unloved and uncared for, the inseparable trio had no shelter and endured day and night in the open air, left to suffer the extremes of the harsh winter and the torrential rain storms of recent months. Their coats became heavy and sodden with the rain and their legs infected with a nasty bacterial infection called Mud Fever due to the water-logged ground. Without each other, their suffering would have been unbearable.
At just two years old, Eli, Cecil and Dipsy had been pushed to the limit of their endurance and were exhausted from their long ordeal. When we rescued them they slept and slept, knowing they were safe at last. They needed extra special care; their diets supplemented with additional nutritious feeds, their long hooves trimmed by the farrier, and their sore, lice-infested skin relieved by medicated baths. They were given a cosy stable to shelter from the wind, rain and extreme cold and their hind legs which were raw in places due to the scalding effects of the rain, immediately began to improve.
Now, the devoted trio are recovering well; adjusting to their new lives, safe and happy together at last in a loving home. Thanks to you, they are guaranteed sanctuary for life.
Your support allows us reach more donkeys like Eli, Cecil and Dipsy before it is too late.
Sadly, there are many more donkeys still living in intolerable conditions and suffering unimaginable cruelty who also need a second chance. As we were going to press with this appeal, we rescued donkeys Daniela, George, Alexander and Louis within days of each other. Daniela had been abandoned by her owner in Romania, left to starve with a painful, deep wound on her leg and George, Alexander and Louis, three young donkeys who we named after His Royal Highness Prince George, had been left to run wild along busy roads in Northern Ireland, risking serious injury to themselves and others. Thankfully, your continued support allowed our emergency teams to reach these donkeys and to bring them into our care.
How you can help us
Here at The Donkey Sanctuary we give life-long care and love to donkeys that have nowhere left to turn.
- Donating £3 today can cover the cost of looking after one rescued donkey at our Sanctuary in Sidmouth for half a day.
- Donating £5 today can rescue abandoned and neglected donkeys from terrible conditions by helping to keep our emergency rescue vehicles on the road.
- Donating £16 today can give two abandoned donkeys the nutrition they need to start their recovery to good health. Many of the donkeys we rescue are malnourished and underweight and need a carefully managed diet to help them build up their strength and set them on the road to recovery.
- Donating £20today can pay for one visit from the farrier to trim long and painful hooves and treat uncomfortable foot conditions.
- Donating £30 today can give an abandoned donkey relief from painful hooves. Donkeys’ hooves need to be checked and trimmed regularly by the farrier to ensure they are in good condition and free from pain.
- Donating £40 today can provide rescued donkeys with comfort from painful teeth. Many abandoned donkeys suffer with poor teeth, making it difficult for them to eat and stay healthy. A visit to the equine dentist can turn their lives around, enabling them to eat in comfort.
- Donating £50 today can stock our medical supplies for one day to treat sick and injured donkeys overseas.
- The Donkey Sanctuary was founded in 1969 by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen. Sadly, she passed away in 2011 but her memory lives on in our work, as does her eternal motto that, in everything we do, donkeys will always come first, second and third.
- The Donkey Sanctuary’s vision is a world where donkeys live free from suffering and their contribution to humanity is fully valued.
- There is estimated to be 50 million donkeys in the world. By 2018 we aim to double our reach to two million donkeys in 40 countries.
- Our aims include: never to turn away from donkey and mules in need and to provide lifelong care for them in the UK and Ireland; to reduce the suffering of domestic and working donkeys due to neglect, ill-treatment, illness, ignorance and injury; and to improve the lives of both donkeys and people through positive human donkey interactions.
- We currently work in 34 countries worldwide through major projects and collaborations. These projects mean we were in reach of 1.6million donkeys, and we directly treated almost a quarter of a million donkeys and mules in 2015.
- Since commencement of the charity in 1969 over 18,800 donkeys and mules have been provided with a sanctuary for life. 6,600 donkeys and mules are currently in our care at our sanctuaries, holding bases and through our Rehoming Scheme in the UK, Ireland and Europe. This includes the 960 donkeys and mules we rescued in 2015.
- We seek to analyse, understand and respond to emerging donkey welfare problems and to advocate on behalf of donkeys and bring their welfare issues to the forefront - at local, national and international levels.
- In our efforts to reach the world’s population of donkeys and mules, we work hard to impart our knowledge on the care and welfare of donkeys through training and education programmes.
- The Donkey Sanctuary is a registered charity and we rely entirely on donations and legacy gifts to fulfil our worldwide work with donkeys and mules. You can help the Sanctuary today by donating, fundraising, volunteering, adopting and rehoming.
- Our Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon, is our international headquarters and is open to the public 365 days a year.