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Chief Executive of The Donkey Sanctuary, David Cook, announces his retirement

David Cook, the Chief Executive Officer of international animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Devon, has announced his decision to retire from the position of CEO early next summer.

Said Cook: “It is difficult for me to believe that I will be 70 next year and I advised the Chair of Trustees, Stuart Reid, some time ago, that I would like to hand over the reins of this fantastic charity before I reach that milestone age.

Chief Executive of The Donkey Sanctuary, David Cook

British Ambassador to Romania visits The Donkey Sanctuary’s Romanian Project

Last month, The Donkey Sanctuary's Romanian project welcomed a visit from the British Ambassador to Romania, Paul Brummell. This was the first visit of the diplomat successor of Martin Harris, who opened the facility in 2012 together with his Italian counterpart Mario Cospito.

On Wednesday 28 October the British Ambassador to Romania visited Footprints of Joy, shelter for dogs, donkeys and horses. In Romania The Donkey Sanctuary works in partnership with Save the Dogs and Other Animals, to provide rescue and permanent refuge to donkeys and mules in desperate need.

British Ambassador to Romania visits The Donkey Sanctuary’s Romanian Project

The Donkey Sanctuary celebrates Silver at World Responsible Tourism Awards 2015

The Donkey Sanctuary’s campaign to improve animal welfare standards in tourism have been recognised with a Silver award in the Best Animal Welfare Initiative category at the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2015 at World Travel Market in London.

The charity which campaigns to improve the welfare of donkeys and mules used in tourism was announced as the joint-Silver winner at a special ceremony yesterday at World Travel Market in London, part of World Responsible Tourism Day. The category was won jointly by the Campaign Against Canned Hunting and Hetta Huskies.

Director of Care and Welfare Andy Foxcroft receives Silver Award

Ambassador visit to Romanian project

On 28 October, The Donkey Sanctuary's Romanian project will welcome a visit from the British Ambassador to Romania, Paul Brummell, who will be touring the model shelter for dogs, donkeys and horses Footprints of Joy at Cernavoda (county of Constanta).

This is the first visit of the diplomat successor of Martin Harris, who opened the facility in 2012 together with his Italian counterpart Mario Cospito.

Sara Turetta, President of Save The Dogs and Other Animals in Romania

Half-term activities at The Donkey Sanctuary

Colder days may be just around the corner but there’s plenty of fun and adventure to keep the whole family entertained at The Donkey Sanctuary this autumn.

Open from 9am to dusk every day, an array of family-friendly activities will be on offer.

While the weather’s still good grab the kids and enjoy the outdoors, wander around the heart of the Sanctuary, explore the Maze, or take a walk through the beautiful woods and amazing scenery.

Halloween Pumpkin

The Donkey Sanctuary prepares to celebrate its 21st anniversary of donkey assisted therapy in Birmingham

On 12 September 2015 The Donkey Sanctuary celebrates 21-years of providing donkey assisted therapy to children in Sutton Park, Birmingham.

Since opening on 12 September 1994, The Donkey Sanctuary team of riding instructors, grooms and volunteers have worked alongside the donkeys to tailor therapy rides for children with a wide range of additional needs. Over the centre’s 21 years, children of all ages have enjoyed rides, cart riding, grooming and cuddling their four legged donkey friends.

Shocks and Amber at donkey assisted therapy centre Birmingham

Rock out with The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast

Tickets are on sale for The Donkey Sanctuary’s music fundraising night at the Hilton Templepatrick on Friday 18 September from 8pm.

The Donkey Sanctuary is holding a classic rock tribute night at the Hilton Templepatrick, Belfast on Saturday 18 September. The Illegals and a Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band featuring the amazing Niamh Kavanagh will be performing on the night.

A fantastic evening is lined up to support the worldwide work of The Donkey Sanctuary. The classic rock music will give the audience a blast from the past.

Donkeys at Belfast assisted therapy centre

Donkey milk farming research is now under way

The Donkey Sanctuary has begun a collaboration with a team led by Dr Michela Minero at the University of Milan to research donkey milk farming protocols. The study aims to look at ways to improve the lives of dairy donkeys by driving consumer demand for kinder and more responsible farming practices.

Donkey milk farming is a growing sector, especially in parts of Continental Europe; this is raising many concerns for the welfare of the donkeys involved.

Donkey at a milk farm in Europe

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