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Help a donkey through the winter weather

The nights are rolling in, the temperature gauge is dropping and we’re all beginning to wrap up warm for winter.

But for the farm staff at The Donkey Sanctuary, just as much care is taken in ensuring the donkeys are all set for the colder weather.

By adopting a donkey for someone you love this Christmas, you could be helping to make sure that the donkeys who have been rescued or relinquished into our care are well looked after when the cold snap comes.

Adoption donkey Pooh with a rug

A Lucky escape

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Earlier this year a 12-year-old stallion donkey was found abandoned in Derry, Northern Ireland.

He was in a neglected state, with overgrown hooves that made walking difficult.

New study shows donkeys need more protection from the winter weather than horses

A new study from The Donkey Sanctuary shows that donkeys, and to a lesser extent mules, are less able than horses to adapt to colder, wetter climates and therefore require additional protection in the winter to meet their welfare needs.

Since 2015 The Donkey Sanctuary has been working in collaboration with Dr Britta Osthaus, Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University and Dr Leanne Proops, Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, both specialists in animal behaviour and cognition.

Donkeys in their shelter


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