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The Donkey Sanctuary is holding a free Introduction to the Jurassic Coast event

Join The Donkey Sanctuary and the Jurassic Coast Team for a fascinating introduction to the area's World Heritage Site on Wednesday 3 February in the Events Barn at The Sanctuary’s Sidmouth site from 10am till 1pm.

Why is the East Devon and Dorset coast as globally important as the Taj Mahal and Great Wall of China? And what can you see here that you can't see anywhere else on earth?

Jurassic Coast

The Donkey Sanctuary is holding a hedgelaying event with Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project

The Donkey Sanctuary is working with Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project to hold a hedgelaying event on Wednesday 10 February in the Events Barn at The Sanctuary’s Sidmouth site from 10am till 4pm

Devon is home to one of the UK’s rarest bats, the greater horseshoe bat, and this fascinating species needs our help to increase its population to secure its future. Like much of our wildlife, it is under pressure due to habitat loss, so one of the ways we can help is to make sure that it has what it needs to carry out its nightly activity of hunting for insect prey.

Donkeys at The Donkey Sanctuary

Report launched highlighting welfare concerns for donkeys in the Middle East

In order to highlight the welfare issues for working donkeys and mules in the Middle East and the impact of conflict on human-animal relationships, The Donkey Sanctuary is launching a report titled ‘Caught in the Middle’ on the opening night of the Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale in Malta today.

Caught in the Middle report

The Donkey Sanctuary’s Parents and Friends Association shopping evening

The Parents and Friends Association of the Ivybridge Donkey Sanctuary is holding a Christmas Shopping Evening on Friday 4 December from 7pm-10pm.

Visitors are invited to start their Christmas festivities by joining the Ivybridge Donkey Sanctuary for a whole evening of shopping under one warm and cheerful roof.

There will be a wide range of stalls selling handbags, scarfs, perfumes and jewellery. Traders include Envy Bags, The Chocolate Orchard, Phoenix Traders, Dartmoor Family crafters and Usborne Books.

Donkeys at Ivybridge

New study launched to help protect donkeys and horses from difficult weather conditions

The Donkey Sanctuary is proud to be working with Christ Church Canterbury University, the University of Sussex, The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust and leading expert in natural horse management Lucinda McAlpine to undertake a new research project entitled ‘Protection from the Elements in Donkeys and Horses’.

Kristin Hayday monitoring weather conditions in a shelter

The Donkey Sanctuary calls for carefully considered changes to agricultural subsidies

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney this week received an independent report on matters relating to donkey welfare in Ireland.

The report, launched at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, links the uncontrolled eligibility of donkeys for subsidy payments granted for ‘Areas of Natural Constraint’ (ANC) with potentially driving a market for indiscriminate breeding.

Donkey at our Sanctuary in Ireland

The Donkey Sanctuary celebrates 40 years of donkey assisted therapy at Manchester

On the 25 November 2015, The Donkey Sanctuary will celebrate 40 years of providing donkey assisted therapy for children with additional needs. The Donkey Sanctuary Manchester celebrated at their centre in Abbey Hey during the weekend of Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November.

The main celebration was held on the 21 November when the centres regular riders, families and carers can come along for their usual donkey therapy. Each child having donkey assisted therapy received a small gift to commemorate the occasion.

Donkeys at Manchester

Chief Executive of The Donkey Sanctuary, David Cook, announces his retirement

David Cook, the Chief Executive Officer of international animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Devon, has announced his decision to retire from the position of CEO early next summer.

Said Cook: “It is difficult for me to believe that I will be 70 next year and I advised the Chair of Trustees, Stuart Reid, some time ago, that I would like to hand over the reins of this fantastic charity before I reach that milestone age.

Chief Executive of The Donkey Sanctuary, David Cook