Donate today and help us to rescue suffering donkeys like Millie
Years of neglect
Millie’s coat was matted and covered in filth, her feet were so overgrown that she could barely walk.
This poor donkey had suffered from years of appalling neglect and then been dumped in a farmer’s field. Her overgrown hooves had painfully twisted out of shape which made standing and walking extremely painful and difficult.
The rescue team were shocked at her condition, welfare officer Marie recalls: “It just saddens me to see her, it’s pure neglect. She’s not seen the farrier for a long time - her hooves are long and curled up and causing her considerable pain.”
“The state of her coat is terrible. She’s covered in her own faeces. She must not have had a clean stable and must have been lying in her own muck, maybe because of the pain her hooves were causing her."
Signs of recovery
No animal deserves such miserable neglect. Donate today and help us to rescue suffering donkeys like Millie.
It has taken weeks of expert veterinary treatment and care to bring Millie back to health but she is now beginning to show signs of recovery.
Millie is the 144th donkey to be abandoned and rescued in Northern Ireland since the beginning of 2012. High levels of abandonments put a great strain on our resources.
Caring for donkeys like Millie means moving healthy donkeys to our UK farms to make space, and making a considerable long-term financial commitment to provide them with a sanctuary for life.
We can only continue to help these donkeys with your support and every single donation will make a difference.
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 £5 today can rescue abandoned and neglected donkeys just like Laurel and Hardy 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 £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.
- 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.