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In the wake of Hurricane Irma

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, The Donkey Sanctuary dispatched a team to Barbuda, one of the 2 major islands that make up the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda, to ensure the welfare of the island’s feral donkeys, which risk hindering the rebuilding efforts by straying onto the local airport runway.

Simon Pope, Rapid Response and Campaigns Manager at The Donkey Sanctuary and part of that four-man team, describes the devastation first-hand and outlines their efforts to help Barbuda’s donkeys.

Feral donkeys in Barbuda

Charity releases new film to raise awareness of donkey skin trade

The Donkey Sanctuary has released a new short film highlighting the impact of the donkey skin trade - the largest single welfare issue the charity has seen. The film will be used to raise awareness of the skin trade which - in both legal and illegal forms - is being used to feed the burgeoning consumer desire for a type of traditional Chinese medicine called Ejiao.

Barbuda emergency visit

The Donkey Sanctuary sent an emergency team to Barbuda in the Caribbean on 1 October to help feral donkeys left on the island, following the human evacuations after Hurricane Irma. The donkeys currently risk hindering the rebuilding efforts by straying onto the local airport runway and the charity has been asked to assist. It will also assess the impact of the Hurricane on the welfare of the donkeys.

Donkeys on the runway in Barbuda

Donkeys and fireworks - top tips

The Donkey Sanctuary is reminding donkey owners to keep their pets safe during the weeks surrounding bonfire night.

Donkeys can become frightened at this time of year and occasionally bolt from firework noise and can become injured.

We advise you to closely monitor your donkey - taking a look at our Top 10 Tips - and never let fireworks off near any animals. Please be respectful and responsible towards neighbouring pets and animals.

Summer Raffle 2017 results

We are delighted to announce the winning ticket numbers for our Summer 2017 Raffle, which were drawn on Monday 11 September 2017.

1st prize winner (£5,000)
Winning ticket no: 4187934 - Mr Burrett, Hayes

2nd prize winner (£1,000 or Luxury Break at Victoria Hotel, Sidmouth)
Winning ticket no: 2011487 - Mrs James, Wolverhampton

Drawing the winning ticket


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