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Sean's marathon inspired by donkeys

A Birmingham man is running this year's Albert Bartlett Edinburgh Marathon in aid of The Donkey Sanctuary, based near Sidmouth in Devon.

Sean Conboy, from Great Barr, is a keen runner and was inspired to take on the challenge having seen the plight of so many donkeys, particularly when travelling around Asia and Central America.

Brushing donkey's teeth helps ease discomfort

A donkey suffering from a bout of gingivitis is currently receiving regular tooth brushing by staff at the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary.

13-year old Ella, taken in by the charity in 1998 for being lonely, has gingivitis, a form of gum disease. The condition causes the gums around the teeth to become very red and swollen and over a number of years the bone supporting the teeth can be lost.

Sanctuary comes to aid of Greek donkeys this Christmas

Help donkeys like Leonidas this Christmas who was rescued in Greece by the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary. He now has a sanctuary for life and the charity needs donations to help provide his and other donkeys' care.

The 25-year old donkey had been abandoned and was found wandering the streets close by the Sanctuary's small rescue centre in Trikala, in the Thessaly region of central Greece, this October.

Leonidas was suffering with long feet and a painfully tight chain halter, which had caused severe wounds under his chin and on his nose.

Dental kit from Sidmouth saves lives of donkeys in Egypt

A basic dental kit sent out to Egypt by the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary has already begun to save donkeys' lives; ironically the kit costs more than a donkey.

The current market value of donkeys is less than the dental kit, which costs £570. As a comparison, a young donkey can be bought for as little as £70 whilst the maximum an Egyptian White Ass will fetch is just £300. The basic dental kit includes three dental rasps and blades, a head torch and mouth gag.

Blackpool donkeys scooped up awards at ceremony

A special prize giving ceremony was held on Friday 24th October at Oakleigh House (due to inclement weather) for the owners of Blackpool's award winning beach donkeys.

Winning the region's award for Best Individual Beach Donkey was Carl, owned by Mark Ineson, whilst Terry and Christine Roabuck's team of donkeys scooped the Best Group of Beach Donkeys title. The owners were presented with shields, certificates, and rosettes for their donkeys, by staff from The Donkey Sanctuary's welfare department.

Venere and Holly find refuge in Italy

At 21 years of age, Venere is the oldest donkey currently being cared for at Il Rifugio Degli Asinelli, the Italian counterpart of the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary. She was rescued, along with a foal called Holly, from a donkey breeding centre in southern Italy, as both were in terrible condition and needed the Sanctuary's expert care.

Donkey-breeding centres are commonly found in Italy where there is a great demand for their meat. Venere was a donkey used solely to produce foals and it is not known how many years she was 'worked', according to staff at Il Rifugio.

Donkey charity launches experience gift

A Devon donkey charity today unveiled its 2009 dates for donkey carer experience days; it has found that the opportunity to ‘muck in’ at its Sanctuary in Sidmouth makes an ideal gift for ‘the person that has everything’.

The Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary has created these unique £150 experience days to help raise funds towards its worldwide work; in return, participants can enjoy a hands-on, behind-the-scenes experience meeting and caring for some of its donkeys.

Jan's trek challenge in aid of donkeys

Jan Wilmot from Toddington, near Dunstable, has signed up for a charity trek in Spain, in aid of the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary.

She has just over three weeks remaining to prepare for the 57km trek along the Genal Valley in Spain which involves 17 hours of walking over three days. She has to raise the minimum sponsorship of £1,500 and has been well supported by family and friends to date.

To help raise funds, Jan walked the 180 mile Milton Keynes Redway system over 11½ weeks with her dog Truffle (pictured right).

Dymchurch's award winning donkey in prize giving ceremony

A special prize giving ceremony is being held on Saturday 27th September at 2.00 pm on the beach for Dymchurch’s award winning beach donkey!

Sam, owned by Tom Turnball, will receive a trophy, rosette and carrots for winning the South East regional title of Best Individual Beach Donkey of 2008.

The award is part of a national competition organised by The Donkey Sanctuary, a charity based near Sidmouth in Devon, which aims to recognise high standards of animal welfare practice.

The prize will be presented by The Donkey Sanctuary’s regional welfare officer Mark Kerr.