Our Donkey Assisted Therapy programme brings people and donkeys together here in the UK, in Europe and in the developing world, and provides vulnerable people with opportunities for emotional connection, social interaction, communication and confi
Our Trustee Director, Sue Griffin, recently visited our project in Ethiopia and spent time at Merkato grain market at the edge of Addis Ababa, said to be the largest market in Africa and visited by up to 4,000 donkeys per day.
Poor Don Pablo was dumped near a busy motorway in Spain. We were alerted to his plight by a concerned supporter, and we found him alone, without food or water, and with nowhere to shelter or comfortably lay down.
It’s lovely to hear how much our donkey-assisted therapy sessions in Belfast, Birmingham, Ivybridge, Leeds, Manchester and Sidmouth affect the lives of children with additional needs and their families.
In November, through our partner, The Donkey Sanctuary India, we helped roughly 5,000 donkeys and their owners at the Bateshwar Fair, one of the largest animal fairs of its kind in northern India, which sees the trade of thousands of donkeys, mule
This beautiful foal is Sooty. His mum, Cameron, was already in foal when she was rescued from appalling conditions almost a year ago. Donkeys rarely need a helping hand during labour but we always like to keep a watchful eye over mums-to-be.
Charlie is 15 years old and has been a visitor to our donkey assisted therapy centre in Ivybridge for five years. His mum, Jill, and nan, Carol, brought him along to the centre after he had been struggling to cope at school.
This poor donkey had the most neglected hooves we have seen in years. We’re thankful to the person who tipped us off about his extremely remote location, which turned out to be near our Sanctuary in Spain.
Isaac is a regular visitor to our Sanctuary in Belfast, where he receives life-enhancing donkey-assisted therapy once a week. He was born with Trisomy 21 and this has affected his walking and speech development.
Being the world’s ‘voice of the donkey’ has its challenges, but we will never stop working to improve welfare conditions for these beautiful animals whenever and wherever suffering and neglect are inflicted.
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