The Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary has recently introduced a new area welfare officer to Yorkshire, Humberside and Cleveland.
Sharon Shank, who is based in Burythorpe, Nr Malton, is keen to provide free advice and practical support to donkey owners in the county.
Sharon says: "As a lifelong owner of horses and lover of animals, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to put my experience to good use and give something back. I am looking forward to training local donkey owners in best practices for donkey care and have enjoyed making visits to give advice to owners of difficult donkeys and seeing the differences that my advice can make.”
“The role of a regional Welfare Officer is varied and challenging but ultimately, we look to give good, practical and friendly advice on donkey-related matters, all at no charge to the owner.”
“I love my new role, it is keeping me very busy, and I have met lots of new people and donkeys. They are fantastic animals each with their own individual character and a great sense of fun.”
Sharon is one of 40 officers employed by the charity in the UK. In addition to advice and support calls, Sharon can help with:
- Advice on donkey care and welfare
- Follow up reports regarding alleged maltreatment or neglect of donkeys
- Enquiries about fostering a pair of Donkey Sanctuary donkeys/mules
- Arranging for the relinquishment of donkeys to the charity's main site in Sidmouth.
To contact our national welfare and advice line, call 01395 578222.