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A foot trim can go a long way...

During a live radio interview today with BBC Somerset's presenter Jo Phillips, we were talking about the contrast of the Sanctuary's work in Europe to overseas, particularly as I have just returned from a visit to our project in Egypt
The difference is this. In Asia, Africa and North America where our projects exist to help working donkeys, we simply can't rescue them. Men, women and even children absolutely depend on them. But rest assured, we do help in the most AMAZING way - we offer a kind of sanctuary from suffering instead...


Percy is our donkey statue who used to stand in the visitor car park but now stands close to the alongside our visitors' centre. He was originally sculpted by Lizanne Kempsell, who trained as an animal sculptor at art college.

The sculpture is a replica of the original which was commissioned by Mrs Anne Misselbrook, and was a portrait of her driving donkey, Percy.

The original was displayed as part of Lizanne's final year graduate show at Edinburgh College of Art.


A beautiful day for a walk

At lunchtime today, I thought I'd take a walk around the Sanctuary and for a while now, I've been meaning to head off to take new photos of what's around now that we've had a change of season. Already the leaves have begun to change colour, with a rich golden tinge to them. This is the time of year I most enjoy, because of the colour changes that we see each day.

British Veterinary Association Congress

Both myself and Andrew Trawford, Director of Veterinary Services here at the Sanctuary, attended the 2008 British Veterinary Association Congress held in London at the end of September, along with Dr Francisco Trigo, Director of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and Professor Merga Bekana, Dean of the Addis Ababa University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Debre Zeit.


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