and gives the gift of friendship to twins Hope and Amber
Shocks, survives a traumatic ordeal
Gift of friendship
Shocks, Hope and Amber have overcome great adversity to develop a very special bond with each other.
Shocks survived trauma and injury, whilst brave twins Hope and Amber have learnt to live with health issues from birth. Together they have found great comfort in the life-enhancing riding therapy they share at our Donkey Assisted Therapy Centre in Birmingham.
Shocks’ story begins in Ireland and is a sad case of cruelty and neglect. He had suffered terribly at the hands of someone he should have been able to trust, having been kept with a collar tied so tightly around his neck that it had become deeply embedded into his skin. His owner removed the collar by force, tugging and ripping it from Shocks’ neck and then poured industrial bleach over the bleeding wound, causing horrific burns and intense pain. The distress and suffering poor Shocks must have experienced is unimaginable.
How you can help us
Here at The Donkey Sanctuary we give life-long care and love to donkeys that have nowhere left to turn.
- Donating £3 today can cover the cost of looking after one rescued donkey at our Sanctuary in Sidmouth for half a day.
- Donating £5 today can rescue abandoned and neglected donkeys from terrible conditions by helping to keep our emergency rescue vehicles on the road.
- Donating £16 today can give two abandoned donkeys the nutrition they need to start their recovery to good health. Many of the donkeys we rescue are malnourished and underweight and need a carefully managed diet to help them build up their strength and set them on the road to recovery.
- Donating £20today can pay for one visit from the farrier to trim long and painful hooves and treat uncomfortable foot conditions.
- Donating £30 today can give an abandoned donkey relief from painful hooves. Donkeys’ hooves need to be checked and trimmed regularly by the farrier to ensure they are in good condition and free from pain.
- Donating £40 today can provide rescued donkeys with comfort from painful teeth. Many abandoned donkeys suffer with poor teeth, making it difficult for them to eat and stay healthy. A visit to the equine dentist can turn their lives around, enabling them to eat in comfort.
- Donating £50 today can stock our medical supplies for one day to treat sick and injured donkeys overseas.
Shocks received specialist veterinary care to treat his wounded neck and over time and with tender, loving care, he responded well and began to recover from his ordeal. Despite this traumatic start, his gentle and patient character shone through making him perfectly suited to donkey therapy work. He was chosen to join the therapy team in Birmingham, making a difference to the lives of young children.
Shocks’ biggest fans are three year old twins Amber and Hope. They were born prematurely at just 26 weeks and have needed extra special care throughout their short lives; Amber has mild cerebral palsy and a tracheostomy to help her breathe and Hope has a small hole in her heart. When the girls were 2 years old, Tracy, their Mum, discovered our Donkey Assisted Therapy Centre in Birmingham and there the girls met Shocks and began an amazing journey of friendship and personal development.
- The Donkey Sanctuary was founded in 1969 by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen. Sadly, she passed away in 2011 but her memory lives on in our work, as does her eternal motto that, in everything we do, donkeys will always come first, second and third.
- The Donkey Sanctuary’s vision is a world where donkeys live free from suffering and their contribution to humanity is fully valued.
- There is estimated to be 50 million donkeys in the world. By 2018 we aim to double our reach to two million donkeys in 40 countries.
- Our aims include: never to turn away from donkey and mules in need and to provide lifelong care for them in the UK and Ireland; to reduce the suffering of domestic and working donkeys due to neglect, ill-treatment, illness, ignorance and injury; and to improve the lives of both donkeys and people through positive human donkey interactions.
- We currently work in 34 countries worldwide through major projects and collaborations. These projects mean we were in reach of 1.6million donkeys, and we directly treated almost a quarter of a million donkeys and mules in 2015.
- Since commencement of the charity in 1969 over 18,800 donkeys and mules have been provided with a sanctuary for life. 6,600 donkeys and mules are currently in our care at our sanctuaries, holding bases and through our Rehoming Scheme in the UK, Ireland and Europe. This includes the 960 donkeys and mules we rescued in 2015.
- We seek to analyse, understand and respond to emerging donkey welfare problems and to advocate on behalf of donkeys and bring their welfare issues to the forefront - at local, national and international levels.
- In our efforts to reach the world’s population of donkeys and mules, we work hard to impart our knowledge on the care and welfare of donkeys through training and education programmes.
- The Donkey Sanctuary is a registered charity and we rely entirely on donations and legacy gifts to fulfil our worldwide work with donkeys and mules. You can help the Sanctuary today by donating, fundraising, volunteering, adopting and rehoming.
- Our Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon, is our international headquarters and is open to the public 365 days a year.