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Goodbye to Gareth - King of the Herd

I need to let you all know that we have had to make the most heartbreaking of decisions for mini adoption donkey, Gareth, gently putting him to sleep this afternoon surrounded by his loving grooms and his best friend, Benji.

He has been giving us cause for concern over the last few months, progressively losing his sight and encountering increasing problems with his hoof. Some donkeys cope well with sight loss, others not so well. Sadly, Gareth was in this latter category and this is why it’s been so challenging to treat his hoof effectively.

Goodbye Gareth

Barbuda's feral donkeys

The Donkey Sanctuary dispatched a team to Barbuda, one of the two major islands that make up the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda, to ensure the welfare of the island’s feral donkeys in the wake of Hurricane Irma, which risk hindering the rebuilding efforts by straying onto the local airport runway.

In the third part of his report from the island, Simon Pope, Rapid Response and Campaigns Manager at The Donkey Sanctuary, begins looking at ways to keep donkeys off the runway and discovers the trials and tribulations of filming them...

Feral donkeys in Barbuda

National coverage for donkey skin trade campaign

The Donkey Sanctuary, which is leading the efforts to draw world-wide attention to the trade in donkey skins for the use in traditional Chinese remedies, has been featured on BBC News.

Alastair Leithead, BBC Africa Correspondent, reported from Kenya, and Mike Baker, The Donkey Sanctuary CEO, was interviewed from our Sidmouth sanctuary about the growing threat to donkeys worldwide.

The charity's Under the Skin report and campaign was also featured by BBC Radio Scotland. You can find both pieces below:

The Donkey Sanctuary releases global donkey skin trade survey

The Donkey Sanctuary, which is leading the efforts to draw world-wide attention to the trade in donkey skins for the use in traditional Chinese remedies has released a global survey to help map the devastating trade.

The international charity is calling on everyone who works with donkeys worldwide from veterinarians and livestock officers to project staff and community leaders to complete the short survey and help tackle this devastating trade.

Working in partnership

The Donkey Sanctuary dispatched a team to Barbuda, one of the two major islands that make up the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda, to ensure the welfare of the island’s feral donkeys in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

In the second part of his report from the island, Simon Pope, Rapid Response and Campaigns Manager at The Donkey Sanctuary, meets a government minister and other key figures working hard to help Barbuda’s displaced donkey population.

Tuesday 3 October

Donkeys on runway

Breakthrough in a long held dream

A few years ago Alex Mayers and I hosted a harness workshop in Tanzania for several of our African friends. Quite a few charities came for the training, from Tanzania, South Africa and Zambia. These groups represented several NGOs that The Donkey Sanctuary has helped with funding and training over the years.

Running the workshop for the first time were Sanctuary Kenya harness guys, Amos and Nicholas. It was a real multi-purpose event as they were being assessed as trainers whilst we all worked to get the information across to the participants.

A well -balanced little ‘scotch cart’

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