Owners who provide donkey rides on Skegness beach during the summer months are now seeking winter homes for their beach donkeys.
The owners like to find alternative accommodation for their donkeys during the winter to give them a well deserved break, but this year, several of their usual 'homes' have been unable to help due to various personal circumstances. Now the owners are working closely with the Devon-based Donkey Sanctuary to find temporary accommodation for their donkeys.
Shelagh Steel, the Donkey Sanctuary’s regional welfare officer for the East of England explains the basics: "Donkeys need to be re-homed in pairs as they are companion animals. You need to consider if you have the time and commitment needed to look after them and you will need an acre of well fenced grazing with a shelter, fresh water supply and electricity. Caring for donkeys can be most rewarding."
The Donkey Sanctuary can provide free support and advice to anyone interested in helping out. If you would like to find out more about providing a winter home to Skegness’ beach donkeys, please contact Shelagh Steel on 07836 756117 or the Welfare Department in Sidmouth on 01395 578222.