The Donkey Sanctuary's brand new hospital is now open, providing first class care for donkeys and mules.
Since the charity was founded in 1969, The Donkey Sanctuary has delivered help to donkeys and mules across the globe, and has provided lifelong care to thousands in the UK, Ireland and Europe.
The organisation’s founder Dr Elisabeth Svendsen devoted her life to donkeys, opening the original Donkey Hospital in 1982 to help improve the quality of care. At the time, the charity provided sanctuary to 1,500 donkeys, which has now grown to 6,900 donkeys across the UK and Europe.
The hospital served us well for 35 years, but became outdated. We couldn’t facilitate surgery on large donkey breeds or bigger mules, and were limited in the number of donkeys we could treat at any one time; which was a problem as the number of animals in our care rose year on year.
Last year, we appealed for your help to build a new, state-of-the-art facility to treat larger numbers of sick and injured animals, and to provide the best treatment possible.
We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who made a donation to our Hospital Appeal. With your support, you have helped us to build this new facility. The drugs cupboards are stocked, the machines in use, the stables occupied, and the veterinary staff are busy treating patients.
"It’s amazing," says Jo Goliszek, veterinary surgeon. "The operating theatre is a sterile environment with state-of-the-art facilities so we can give really good, high-quality care to the donkeys that come to us."
Stuart Reid, chair of trustee directors, says: "The Donkey Sanctuary is already a global centre of excellence for specialist, quality care and treatment. We are pioneers and experts in our field, carrying out innovative and cutting-edge treatments. As we treat even more donkeys in need, we can now push the boundaries even further. And thanks to you, we will."
Chief executive Mike Baker adds: "With your help, we’ve created something lasting, important and special. Not just a fantastic new building. Not only bricks and mortar. Together, we’ve built a place where sick animals will be cured, and suffering animals will be freed from pain."