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Scarborough beach donkeys' annual health check

Today Scarborough's famous beach donkeys will be receiving their annual MOT (health check) from 10.30 am at Weaponness Car Park.

The beach donkeys will be checked by experts from the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary and officials from Scarborough Borough Council, to ensure the donkeys are fit, healthy and licensed to work for the coming holiday season.

The checks include looking at:

Urgent supplies shipped to Italy

Stables, gates and barn dividers are amongst 22 tonnes of supplies being sent to northern Italy by our Sanctuary to equip its new rescue centre.

Today, a consignment will be leaving our Italian counterpart, Il Rifugio Degli Asinelli, which is needed at our rescue centre to cope with a recent influx of donkeys rescued from Romania and Switzerland.

The equipment and shipping, being sent in two consignments, will cost the Sanctuary £35,000 and includes:

Donkey talk at Giza Zoo

On Friday 6th June 2008, staff from our project in Egypt will be making making a special visit to Giza Zoo to talk to visitors about animal welfare and the project’s work to help donkeys in the country.

The Sanctuary's project staff, who visit Giza Zoo every Monday, have been invited to the zoo's special 'Environmental Day' to talk to children and adults alike about animal welfare, by telling real-life stories and running drawing competitions.

Children to visit our donkeys in Cyprus

Five children from The Amelia Trust Farm, a church funded charity near Cardiff, Wales will be visiting our Sanctuary in Cyprus this week.

The Trust caters for children taking alternative educational directions, most of whom have learning difficulties or come from deprived backgrounds.

Ann Slater, Youth Worker and Donkey Manager for the Trust, uses two foster donkeys, Enoch and Jasper, plus her own donkey called Polo, to work with the children both practically as well as helping the children improve their mental attitude to relationships and work.


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