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The Donkey Sanctuary’s Head of Trustees Stuart Reid is recognised by the British Veterinary Association

Professor Stuart Reid was awarded the British Veterinary Association’s (BVA) most prestigious scientific award for the distinctive contribution he has made as an exceptional veterinary academic and a gifted researcher at BVA Members’ Day in Bristol on the 22 September.

The Dalrymple-Champneys Cup and Medal is presented each year to a member of BVA to mark and recognise the work of outstanding merit which it is considered will encourage the advancement of veterinary science.

Professor Stuart Reid

Securing a future for bats in East Devon with a new Bat Beacon at The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth is host to a new Greater Horseshoe Bat Project Bat Beacon.

The population of Greater Horseshoe Bats has declined by over 90% in the UK during the last century, with Devon now a stronghold for the species in the South West. Led by Devon Wildlife Trust and supported by the National Lottery, as well as other funders, The Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project has chosen to partner with The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth to provide a local information hub, known as a ‘Bat Beacon’, where people can find out more about the project.


New foal Olympia commemorates the Olympic and Paralympic Games

The Donkey Sanctuary’s supporters have celebrated the Olympic and Paralympic Games by naming the charity’s newest foal Olympia.

On 12 August a colt foal was born at one of The Donkey Sanctuary’s farms after his mother came to the Sanctuary in foal.

An online naming contest began on Facebook and Twitter and the lucky name chosen for the Sanctuary’s newest addition was Olympia.


The Donkey Sanctuary opens its second Charity Shop in Tavistock

On Friday 29 July The Donkey Sanctuary will celebrate the opening of its second charity shop ‘For The Love Of…’ in Tavistock.

The ‘For The Love Of…’ shop will be the second of its kind in the country to offer an exciting blend of quality donated pre-loved goods and The Donkey Sanctuary’s exclusive range of gift items. There will also be the chance to pause for a delicious Fairtrade coffee, complete with carrot cake or donkey-shaped shortbreads.

For The Love Of... Tavistock Charity Shop

Donkeys and Dinosaurs on the Jurassic Coast

The Donkey Sanctuary is working in partnership with the Jurassic Coast Trust to hold “Dinosaurs & Donkeys”, a family-friendly day out on Wednesday 27 July.

The day will commence at The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth at 9:45am, with a leisurely guided walk through fields and woodlands to the beach at Weston Mouth, home to spectacular Triassic-era cliffs that form part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. There will then be beach games, followed by a walk back to the Sanctuary.

The Donkey Sanctuary

Donkeys become purr-fect new neigh-bours for 150 moggies at Cats Protection’s National Cat Centre

Three donkeys are settling into their new home at Cats Protection’s national head office as part of a partnership between two of the UK’s best-loved animal charities.

Twinkle, Holly and Star became the latest residents at the charity’s National Cat Centre in Chelwood Gate, Sussex, after Cats Protection joined forces with The Donkey Sanctuary, based in Sidmouth, Devon.

Photo by Sue Dobbs/Cats Protection

Summer holiday activities at The Donkey Sanctuary

Come rain or shine, The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth has plenty of fun-filled events for all the family.

With free admission, free parking, daily activities throughout the holidays and a free Hopper Bus from Sidmouth, The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth is a great value option this summer. Open from 9am every day, enjoy face painting and animal-themed crafts, such as making a donkey out of modelling clay, and take the whole family on a holiday hunt around the farm.

Summer activities at The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary Car Show

The Donkey Sanctuary’s Car Show in Sidmouth is back on Sunday 3 July from 10am to 2pm, and it’s bigger than ever.

After the success of the first Car Show in 2015, The Donkey Sanctuary is pleased to announce that they will be running another show in July! At last year’s show they were host to over 300 fantastic cars from humble Austins to exotic Lamborghinis and this year’s show is set to be even better.

Car Show

Summer Fair at The Donkey Sanctuary Birmingham

The Donkey Sanctuary Birmingham’s fantastic Summer Fair is back on Saturday 18 June from 11am to 3pm, packed with plenty of fun for the whole family including the chance to meet and adopt the resident donkeys.

Join the centre for their annual Summer Fair where there will be many stalls and family friendly activities for all the family. They will also be holding a fun dog show starting at 1.30pm.

Birmingham Summer Fair

Summer Fair at The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast

The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast’s fantastic Summer Fair is taking place on Saturday 2 July from 10am to 2pm and packed with plenty of fun for the whole family including the chance to meet their Adoption donkeys.

Join the centre in Templepatrick for their annual Summer Fair where there will be many stalls and activities for all the family. There will be a host of games and things to do, including a bouncy slide and assault course, face-painting, tombola and raffle.

The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast