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The Donkey Sanctuary opens its first shop in Otley

The opening of The Donkey Sanctuary’s first charity shop on Otley High Street last week was celebrated with a ribbon cutting event and a guest appearance from a pair of donkeys.

The brand new shop was officially opened by two year-old Sophie and six year-old Josh who attend the charity’s donkey assisted therapy centre in Eccup. Donkeys Doodles and Eli also visited for the day to join the Otley Street Festival, much to the delight of shoppers.

The Donkey Sanctuary opens a charity shop in Otley

New donkey assisted therapy programme for schools in London

The Donkey Sanctuary has now begun offering donkey assisted therapy to seven schools in London, following the huge success of previous mobile services to schools for children with additional needs.

The mobile services are run with specially trained donkeys from Sidmouth and Ivybridge, who are being stabled over the summer months at a base in Hertfordshire. The four donkeys, named Austin, Boyo, Pharaoh and Tiny Tim will travel to seven different schools, where children with additional needs will take part in riding or grooming and learn about donkey care.

Donkey assisted therapy in London

Fun Dog Show at The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast

The Donkey Sanctuary Assisted Therapy Centre Belfast is holding a Fun Dog Show on Saturday 23 May 2015, from 12pm to 3pm.

A special dog themed fun day is taking place at The Donkey Sanctuary in Templepatrick. There will be classes suitable for everyone and every dog! An agility display will be on the agenda with a chance for you to have a go with your own dog as well as a ‘doggy dash’ to find the fastest pooch. This is a day the whole family will enjoy, and for those hard working owners and friends there will be a BBQ and refreshments to enjoy throughout the afternoon.

Belfast fun dog show

Maud celebrates her 105th birthday at The Donkey Sanctuary Birmingham

This Donkey Week (5-12 May) sees Maud Turton celebrate her milestone 105th birthday with a visit to The Donkey Sanctuary in Birmingham to see her favourite donkey, Charlie.

Mrs Turton first met Charlie 10 years ago during a visit to the centre and was especially taken with his cheeky and sociable personality. She adopted Charlie so that she could hear more stories of what he and his friends got up to at the centre which provides donkey assisted therapy for children with additional needs.

Maud celebrates her 105th birthday at The Donkey Sanctuary Birmingham

Donkey Week celebrations at the largest donkey sanctuary in the world

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.

Donkey Week 2015

Spring Fair at The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast

The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast is holding a Spring Fair on Saturday 18 April from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

This family fun day is packed with lots to do. Browse through produce and craft stalls, grab something tasty from the BBQ, and children can even enjoy donkey cart rides.

Lorraine Nelson, Centre Coordinator says “Everyone is welcome at this popular fundraising event to celebrate the beginning of Spring. There will be plenty of activities to take part in, including ‘donkey doodles’ – where you can paint your own little ceramic donkey!”

Spring Fair at The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast

Support Adoption For Pets presents cheque to help foster donkeys

Local ambassadors from the national grant giving animal charity, Support Adoption For Pets, visited The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth to present a cheque to pay for veterinary treatments for foster donkeys.

The sum of £24,384 was presented on 24/03/2015 on behalf of the independent grant giving animal charity, whose adoption branches are based in Pets at Home stores across the UK.

The grant will help donkeys ‘fostered’ to private homes all over the country, whose owners cannot afford certain vets bills.

Support Adoption For Pets donation cheque

Family fun at The Donkey Sanctuary this Easter

Visit The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth during the Easter holidays to take part in Donkey Grooming and a spectacular Easter Holiday Hunt.

The Sanctuary’s Easter activities will be taking place between Friday 27 March and Sunday 12 April and are sure to be a hit with children of all ages. Donkey Grooming takes place daily between 10.30am-2.30pm and, at £3 per person, is the perfect opportunity to make friends with some of the charity’s rescued donkeys.

Family fun at The Donkey Sanctuary this Easter

Sycamore seeds warning

The Donkey Sanctuary is warning of the dangers of sycamore seeds after dozens of horses have died from a fatal disease which is feared could affect donkeys.

Dozens of horses have died in recent weeks from Atypical Myopathy in Wales and in Northern Ireland and cases have occurred all over the UK.

The disease has always affected horses but less is known how it affects donkeys.

This autumn’s outbreak is particularly severe with warm weather and windy conditions spreading the toxic seeds of the Sycamore tree (Acer pseudoplatanus).

Sycamore seeds are spread long distances by the wind