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Charity Summer Fair

The Donkey Summer Fair is planned to be the biggest family event to take place this year at The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth – it starts at 10am this Sunday 16th August and admission is free.

Donkey Sanctuary to hold beach themed holiday workshop

The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth will be holding beach-themed holiday workshops for children on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th August.

These interactive events will include making windmills or flags, model rafts, pebble painting and colouring (content may vary).

Jan Aherne who runs the Education and Activities unit at The Donkey Sanctuary says: “Sessions are going to be really good fun and children can make it even more special by having their face painted (no extra charge) if they wish.”

Charity and government officials work together to solve donkey population of Turks and Caicos

The roaming donkey population in Grand Turk, Salt Cay and South Caicos will be under control as a result of excellent relations between the UK-based Donkey Sanctuary, Government Officials of Turks and Caicos and the TCSPCA.

Donkeys had been causing a nuisance on these islands due to high levels of breeding but since The Donkey Sanctuary charity has collaborated with the Department of Environmental Health and the TCSPCA, a full neutering programme has been put in place and plans are now underway to move donkeys to the Dominican Republic to help local families.

New foal for visitors to see

The Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary is delighted to announce the arrival of a new foal.

Janet Thorne was born on Wednesday 6th May but because her mother, Karray, had to complete an isolation period, Janet has been out of the public eye until now. Karray arrived at The Donkey Sanctuary in foal back in September 2008.

The isolation period is essential to the health of all new intakes and resident donkeys on the farms. New donkeys are given time to settle in, have a full veterinary check, vaccinations, farriery and worming before they can join the rest of the herd.