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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.
The Donkey Sanctuary will be joining in the fun of National Storytelling Week from 1st-5th February with a number of exciting activity sessions in the company of the donkeys.
Some equestrian owners believe donkeys and horses cannot live together due to the lungworm parasite Dictyocaulus arnfieldi, so a leading donkey welfare charity has published some helpful information about the parasite on its website.
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.
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.