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World Storytelling Day

World Storytelling Day takes place on 20th March 2010 and The Donkey Sanctuary will be celebrating by promoting our work with children throughout the world, using stories and discussions to encourage better attitudes to donkey welfare.

The work of our Mexican mobile units

The headquarters of the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary is not only home to over 400 donkeys but also houses an Overseas Department who work hard to improve the welfare of donkeys in the many different situations facing them and their owners throughout the world. A mobile unit working in Mexico recently met two working animals who contribute to their owners’ lives in very different ways.

Donkey Sanctuary Founder awarded honorary degree

On 25th November 2009 the founder of the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary, Dr Elisabeth Svendsen, was awarded the Degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by University of Edinburgh in recognition of decades of dedicated charity work.

The award has been given in acknowledgment of Dr Svendsen’s pioneering work in the care and welfare of donkeys and also to recognise her founding one of the most successful animal charities in the world.

Elisabeth Svendsen awarded honorary degree

Top Veterinary award for donkey hospital

The Veterinary Department at the Sidmouth based Donkey Sanctuary have been awarded the Tier 2 Hospital Status in accordance with the RCVS1 Accreditation scheme for veterinary practices.

The Donkey Sanctuary has an excellent veterinary hospital designed specifically for treating donkeys and the Veterinary Department was awarded Tier 2 Hospital Status on 14th October 2009.

Facilities include an operating theatre with closed circuit anesthesia and diagnostic equipment including endoscopy, X-ray and ultrasound.