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Easter activities at The Donkey Sanctuary

Visit The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth this Easter for lots of family fun, including an eggciting Easter Holiday Hunt and carrot seed planting.

There is plenty of fun and adventure to keep the whole family entertained at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth this Easter holiday. Open from 9am every day, the Sanctuary’s holiday activities will begin on 1 April and will run until Easter Monday.

Lucky the donkey

Rescuing Vida in Spain: 24 hours to save a mistreated donkey

This shocking photo was taken in Segorbe (Castellon, Spain) when our Spanish team at El Refugio del Burrito received an anonymous call reporting the terrible physical condition of this animal.

The owner uses the donkey to pull a cart full of scrap from town to town, a relentless task which left the animal dangerously exhausted. On 10 March, after another exhausting day, the donkey collapsed in the streets of Segorbe.

Rescue in Spain for Vida

Equine charities unite for worldwide welfare action

UK equine welfare charities Brooke, The Donkey Sanctuary, SPANA and World Horse Welfare today announce their first formal coalition.

Formed specifically to put policy into practice, the coalition aims to advise, motivate and support the implementation of the first ever global welfare standards for working horses, donkeys and mules. These landmark standards were approved by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in May 2016 following advocacy and technical support from Brooke and World Horse Welfare.

Working mule in Santorini

European Parliament adopts Resolution to transform lives of horses, donkeys and mules across Europe

The Donkey Sanctuary's partnership with Eurogroup for Animals launched an important project to ensure the EU’s 6 million horses and 1.5 million donkeys are covered by species specific legislation. In 2015 the recommendations were published in a ground breaking report titled "Removing the Blinkers". We were delighted to hear from Eurogroup for Animals that MEP Julie Girling's report on Equine welfare has this week been adopted by the European Parliament.

Working tourist taxi donkey at Santorini

Conservation and wildlife volunteer days

The Donkey Sanctuary is welcoming volunteers to its Hedges and Willows Volunteer Day in Sidmouth on Wednesday 22 March from 10am till 4pm.

Each month the Sanctuary runs wildlife and conservation volunteer days, which include outdoor practical tasks such as gardening, woodland management, hedge planting, willow weaving and the building of bug hotels. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded people, share and learn skills, and have fun.

Conservation and wildlife volunteer day at The Donkey Sanctuary

Spoil Mum this Mother’s Day at The Donkey Sanctuary

Treat Mum to a unique day out and enjoy lots of family fun at The Donkey Sanctuary this Mother’s Day.

Let Mum unwind at The Donkey Sanctuary this Mother’s Day with mile upon mile of tranquil coast and country walks, breath-taking views and plenty of donkey cuddles. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty along the stunning Jurassic Coast, the Sanctuary enjoys some of the best views in the South West and is home to over 500 donkeys, mules and hinnies who can’t wait to meet you!

Celebrate Mother's Day with a cream tea at The Donkey Sanctuary

Emergency food delivery to starving animals stranded after Italian earthquakes

The Donkey Sanctuary and World Horse Welfare have today swung into action to provide essential food and support to hundreds of donkeys and horses left stranded following January’s earthquake and extraordinary snowfall in Abruzzo, Italy.

Food is arriving today at Abruzzo, Italy to help animals who have been left trapped and starving in snow following multiple earthquakes that took place in January. The Donkey Sanctuary has joined forces with World Horse Welfare to provide food and hay to donkeys, horses and other livestock.

Donkey in the snow after Italian earthquake

Charity calls for halt to skin trade that’s causing mass suffering to donkeys

The results of a shocking investigation by The Donkey Sanctuary today reveals mass-scale suffering of donkeys caught up in global trading of their skins to sustain the demand for ejiao, a traditional Chinese medicine that relies on gelatin from the hides.

In the first comprehensive study of the trade, the charity has discovered that as many as 10 million donkeys are at risk and it now calls for an immediate halt to the trade until it can be proven to be sustainable and humane.

Donkeys stolen and slaughtered in Tanzania

Lifetime ban for owner of ponies and donkeys rescued from “shocking” cruelty, abuse and neglect

A couple from Gomersal, West Yorkshire have been disqualified from keeping equines for life after five donkeys and three ponies were rescued following a joint investigation by The Donkey Sanctuary, World Horse Welfare, the RSPCA and West Yorkshire Police. The prosecution case concluded at Kirklees Magistrates' Court on Thursday 12 January 2017 when the couple collectively pleaded guilty to six charges under the Animal Welfare Act.

Gomersal donkeys rescued

Membership boost to international development projects

The Donkey Sanctuary has recently joined Bond, the UK membership body for organisations working in international development, to support the charity’s global welfare work.

Bond unites over 450 organisations of all sizes including WaterAid, Save the Children, Islamic Relied and Christian Aid as well as animal-focused organisations like The Brooke and World Horse Welfare, to enhance the reach of shared goals.

Donkey Kindness Club in Ethiopia