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Donkey Sanctuary film showing In Sidmouth

A behind-the-scenes film about the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary is to be shown at Kennaway House in Sidmouth on Monday 7th December from 10.30am and entry is free.

The event is being held so that local people can watch the charity’s new promotional DVD entitled The Donkey Sanctuary… 40 Years On and gain greater knowledge of the aims, achievements and work of the sanctuary.

18 donkeys waiting to be named

The Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary has recently taken charge of 18 donkeys, rescued from the Yorkshire area in 2009, and is now hoping the public will give the animals worthy names this Christmas in return for a small donation.

The nameless donkeys are currently settling in at the New Arrivals unit; amongst them are foals, a stallion with ongoing foot problems, a donkey with a heart murmur and numerous mares currently in-foal.

Donkeys waiting to be named

Donkey brutally murdered in Spain shocks charity

A donkey has been brutally murdered by teenagers in the village of Torreorgaz in the Spanish region of Extremadura. The news has shocked the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary and its Spanish counterpart now plans to take full legal action against the culprits.

El Refugio del Burrito, based in Fuente de Piedra is a Spanish registered charity, and part of the UK-based Donkey Sanctuary, dedicated to the care and protection of donkeys and mules.

Christmas Craft Fair at The Donkey Sanctuary

The Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary is holding its very first Christmas craft fair and Santa’s Grotto on Sunday 15th November from 10am-4pm.

The charity’s fundraising event includes an indoor craft fair where gifts, including vintage bags, driftwood items, handmade jewellery, knitted toys and framed photos, can be purchased. Youngsters at the Sanctuary will also find great delight in visiting Santa’s grotto – another first for the Sanctuary.

Orphaned foal needs 24-hour care

Staff at the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary are working round-the-clock to hand rear and bottle feed a foal whose mother tragically died during birth last week.

Ashley was born on Tuesday 20th October but his mother suffered a fatal complication and sadly passed away.

The Sanctuary’s veterinary team began a two-hourly bottle feeding regime and this week, Ashley will move on to feeds at four hourly intervals. Staff are working to a rota to help with the feeds which could continue for a further six to 10 weeks.