Find out how we use the money we raise through the kind generosity of our supporters.
Rescue and rehoming
Our rescue and rehoming strategies ensure the donkeys in our care benefit from an environment rich in variety.
As well as giving a home to donkeys at our sanctuaries and assisted therapy centres, we actively seek to rehome them with families, schools and other institutions through our Donkey Guardian scheme.
We allocate funds to promoting this scheme and identifying homes that can provide care for two or more of our donkeys. Our investment increases the number of donkeys rehomed, in turn freeing up vital space on our farms and reducing the number of donkeys in other holding bases.
We also provide behaviour and husbandry training for owners, as well as helping people find new homes when they can no longer care for them.
Going forward, we will continue to address the root causes of relinquishments and identify more loving homes for donkeys in our care.
Donkeys in the community
We invest in community-based projects involving donkeys in 35 countries around the world. Through major projects and collaborations, we not only relieve donkey suffering directly but also train and advise others to do the same.
We have extended the scope of our collaboration with other like-minded organisations, moving towards a more integrated and sustainable approach where we engage with communities that depend on donkeys and help them build their own infrastructures.
We know that in helping donkeys we help the people who depend on them for their livelihoods; another reason why driving forward our international projects is so vitally important.
We’re also investing an increasing amount in human-donkey interaction, allowing both donkeys and children to make a connection on an emotional and physical level. This not only helps vulnerable people to develop key life skills but also enriches the lives of donkeys that have been rescued from mistreatment.
In 2016, we introduced a new Donkey-Assisted Therapy programme that saw children spending less time on the back of a donkey and more time engaging with donkeys in other ways.
This new approach turns donkeys into teachers, allowing children and adults with additional needs to learn things about the animals through hands-on interaction.
We plan to expand these services to other groups such as sufferers of posttraumatic stress disorder and improve our understanding of the impact of donkey-facilitated learning on vulnerable people.
In order to continue the future success of the charity, there is a need to continue investing in new fundraising activity and to keep in touch with our existing supporters.
By closely monitoring our fundraising campaigns, we are well placed to direct our resources into our most successful fundraising activities.