Julie Mutter is totally devoted to donkeys and their welfare. Having spent 30 years with The Donkey Sanctuary, there are not many donkeys that arrive through our stable doors who she hasn’t seen.
And before and after a long day at work, there are two donkeys at home to keep her busy.
Julie represents a vital cog in the veterinary team at our Sidmouth Sanctuary. Her role as the department co-ordinator also sees her in a hands-on capacity at our New Arrivals unit where all new donkeys are assessed.
It is at this early stage of a donkey’s time at the Sanctuary when Julie will already be on the lookout for health and behavioural signs which will help decide which farm the donkey goes to, whether the donkey will be suitable for re-homing or even work in one of our Donkey Assisted Therapy centres.
According to Julie, the Sanctuary’s plans to build a new hospital and New Arrivals unit at one of our outlying farms in Devon can only be of benefit for the donkeys.
She said: “It’s an exciting project and it enables us to look to the future for the care and welfare of the donkeys. I’m involved in both New Arrivals and the hospital so it is going to pull it all together in one place to make the process much smoother to ensure they continue to have the best care and get them to where they want to be more quickly - out in the paddock.
“We really will be able to use this new premises and it’s really going to benefit the donkeys. I still use our founder Dr Svendsen’s saying that 'donkeys come first, second and third' and this will really underpin that.”