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Celebrating 21 years of work in Lamu

On Friday 4th July 2008, the UK-based Donkey Sanctuary will be holding a special 21st anniversary celebration at its centre on Lamu Island, Kenya, where donkeys are more popular than cars.

The Independence Day for the Lamu Donkeys event is being held by the charity's workers who help care and protect the 2,000 donkeys living on the island; the town's streets are too narrow for cars and therefore, only two vehicles are believed to exist.

Whitby beach donkeys' annual health check

Beach donkeys working on Whitby's sands will be receiving their annual 'MOT' (health check) on Friday 4th July 2008. Around 20 donkeys will be checked by welfare officer Molly Lloyd from the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary and officials, including an equine vet, from Scarborough Borough Council, to ensure the donkeys are fit, healthy and licensed to work for the coming holiday season.

The checks take place at the donkeys' home in Sleights, North Yorkshire, commencing from 11.00 am. The checks include looking at:

Scarborough beach donkeys' annual health check

Today Scarborough's famous beach donkeys will be receiving their annual MOT (health check) from 10.30 am at Weaponness Car Park.

The beach donkeys will be checked by experts from the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary and officials from Scarborough Borough Council, to ensure the donkeys are fit, healthy and licensed to work for the coming holiday season.

The checks include looking at:

Blackpool beach donkeys' annual health check

Blackpool’s famous beach donkeys will be receiving their annual 'MOT' (health check) on Friday 23rd May 2008.

Around 75 donkeys will be checked by welfare and two veterinary experts from the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary and officials from Blackpool Borough Council, to ensure the donkeys are fit, healthy and licensed to work for the coming holiday season.

The checks commence from 9am at Rigby Road near Blackpool Borough Council’s car park. They include looking at:

Beach donkeys at Blackpool

Blackpool first to put new beach donkeys rules into practice

On Friday 4th April at 11.00 am at Blackpool's north pier, officials from a Devon donkey sanctuary will be presenting a new beach donkey Code of Practice to the Mayor of Blackpool.

The Code of Practice has been written by The Donkey Sanctuary and is endorsed by the British Equine Veterinary Association. As Blackpool is home to the largest number of beach donkeys in the UK, the resort has been approached by the charity to accept the first copy.

Code of Practice for working donkeys

Donkey attends school assembly in Plymouth

On Tuesday 25th March at 2.30 pm, a donkey from The Donkey Sanctuary will make a special visit to Lipson Vale Primary School in Plymouth to collect a £200 donation.

The money was raised by pupils during a non-uniform 'Mufty' day and a cheque will be presented to The Donkey Sanctuary during assembly.

The pupils had been inspired by an earlier visit from the Sanctuary, which offers free educational school visits; giving children the opportunity to meet and learn more about donkeys.

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