Read the latest news and stories from our projects and centres across Europe.
Seven foals saved, seven months on
Seven foals found safety at The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland after being rescued from hunger and the cold of a harsh Irish winter. Seven months on, we catch up with the resilient young group.
Tip-off saves Spanish equines from suffering
An anonymous letter received in the post led staff at our Spanish sanctuary, El Refugio del Burrito, to a scene of horror and despair in a small village in Malaga.
Broken promises lead to suffering for Bernabe at Peropalo festival
Our Spanish team - El Refugio del Burrito - were dismayed to witness the abuse of a donkey today (5 March 2019) at the annual Peropalo festival, despite promises made by regional government.
48 donkeys rescued from ‘hell’ at Italy farm
Thanks to an amazing public response, The Donkey Sanctuary in Italy has successfully found urgent homes for most of the 48 donkeys they seized from a “hell” farm.
Donkeys thrive after ear amputations
Obama and Shorty are as different in character as two donkeys can be, but they have one thing in common - missing ears.
Donkey skin trade in the spotlight at European Parliament
For the first time, The Donkey Sanctuary presented members of the European Parliament with evidence of the growing donkey skin trade at a meeting in Strasbourg last week.
Hail to the King
Meet The King, the sole remaining donkey on the remote island of Inishturk, off the coast of Ireland. Now 27 years old, he spent his earlier life without even a name, let alone a title.
Anastasia freed from shackles
At 31-years-old, when the time had come where she was no longer strong enough to work, elderly donkey Anastasia was left to suffer in what must have been unbearable conditions – literally being eaten alive by maggots.
Teamwork and Collaboration
The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland’s expertise was called upon when a donkey was found in severe pain, after being surrendered to an animal welfare organisation during a horse fair near Mallow, County Cork.
Positive talks with Mayor of Santorini
The Donkey Sanctuary and its partner, Greek Animal Welfare Fund/Animal Action Hellas (GAWF), held positive talks on 24 August with the Mayor of Santorini, Anastasios-Nikolaos Zorzos, who has pledged to improve the conditions for working equines on the Greek island.