The Donkey Sanctuary will be celebrating World Donkey Day (Friday 8 May) and its 33rd Donkey Week from 6-11 May 2015 with events and activities highlighting the charity’s work and the contribution donkeys make to humans all over the world.
Members of the public are welcome to join the charity’s celebrations during Donkey Week and enjoy exclusive access to its farms in Devon where thousands of donkeys and mules live, many of which have been rescued or were unwanted pets.
This Donkey Week, the charity is inviting members of the public to Bake It For Donkeys and hold fundraising cake sales to support the organisation’s work to transform the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.
CEO David Cook says: “During the last 46 years, The Donkey Sanctuary has made a profound difference to the lives of donkeys and people all over the world. More than 18,000 donkeys have been given a sanctuary for life in the UK, Ireland and Europe, millions of donkeys supporting some of the world’s poorest communities have been helped through free veterinary and education interventions, and donkey assisted therapy has enhanced the lives of thousands of children with additional needs.
“As well as continuing our current work to rescue and give sanctuary to donkeys in need, over the next five years and beyond, we will tackle more emerging donkey welfare issues such as problems surrounding the production of donkey meat and milk products, and live animal transport. We will also improve international understanding of the vital role that donkeys play in alleviating human poverty and suffering in the poorest and most disaster prone parts of the world.
“With an estimated 50 million donkeys and mules in the world, there is still so much to do. Through our values of compassion, collaboration and creativity, we aim to double our reach to two million animals every year. Our vision is to reach them all.”