The Donkey Sanctuary is delighted to announce that planning approval has been granted for a new specialist veterinary facility to help more donkeys get better in our care.
The project involves moving our current Veterinary Hospital and New Arrivals Unit to one of our outlying farms - Brookfield Farm - near Honiton.
Our current hospital has served us well for 35 years but it no longer meets the standards our donkeys need. And, at its current site, it represents a bio-security risk to our donkeys.
There has been concern for some time that if a donkey came into our current hospital within the grounds of Slade House Farm with a potential illness that could spread through the resident herd, we might have to close the Sanctuary for a period of time.
Our plans will help ensure that Slade House Farm can first and foremost remain open as a working sanctuary, and moving the Veterinary Hospital and New Arrivals Unit also gives us the opportunity to enhance the visitor facilities and experience here on site.
The Veterinary Hospital and New Arrivals Unit are operationally intrinsic to The Donkey Sanctuary’s rescue and rehoming work providing care and welfare for donkeys and mules, in addition to our international or donkey assisted therapy operations.
To put this in figures:
- we took in 800 new arrivals in 2014 alone - that’s an average of 16 animals a week,
- we currently care for 4,600 donkeys and mules across our UK and European farms;
- and a further 1,600 through our rehoming scheme.
For further information about this important project as it develops, keep an eye on further hospital appeal updates here.