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New donkey officer for Cornwall

The Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary has recently introduced a new welfare officer to Cornwall.

Alison Beck, from Launceston, is keen to provide free advice and practical support to donkey owners in the county.

Alison says: "As I am so new to the area, it is important that people know I am here to help. Anyone who owns donkeys or is thinking of buying these wonderful creatures is welcome to contact me, no matter how silly they think their question might be.

Donkey to attend Okehampton's Palm Sunday Service

A donkey from the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary will be leading the Palm Sunday service procession for Okehampton Parish Church this weekend from 10 am.

For the second year running, 26-year old Philip, from Town Barton Farm in Tedburn St Mary, will lead the procession from the rugby club to the Parish Church.

Philip one of thousands of donkeys currently cared for by The Donkey Sanctuary charity, which runs Town Barton Farm and five other farms in Devon.

Sidmouth charity reaches 40th year milestone

The Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary celebrates its 40th anniversary and the launch of a new awareness campaign by holding a special party for guests, including local councillors and dignitaries, on Friday 27th February 2009 (2 pm).

Founded by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen, MBE in 1969, the charity has become the largest of its kind in the world that looks after the care and welfare of donkeys and mules. She says:

Donkey fostering scheme promoted to help Sanctuary

The Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary is advertising its fostering scheme due to record numbers of donkeys being relinquished, partly as a result of the credit crunch.

Since October 2008, the charity has seen almost twice the number of unwanted/neglected donkeys come in compared to any quarter in the last two years. This significant increase has seen the charity's six farms in Devon and Dorset fill to near capacity.

The charity's rehoming scheme had not previously been promoted due to its overwhelming popularity, with a long waiting list of homes wanting donkeys.

Remember donkeys like Red Rose this Valentine's day

This Valentine's Day spare a thought for Red Rose. She's one of thousands of donkeys being lovingly cared for at the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary, a charity which relies entirely on donations to continue its work.

Red Rose is 17-years old and lives at one of the Sanctuary's outlying farms near Harcombe - home to over 340 rescued and unwanted donkeys. Despite this farm not being open to the public, they don't miss out on fuss and cuddles thanks to the 12 dedicated staff who work there.