2011 was an incredibly busy year for The Donkey Sanctuary, with record numbers of animals coming into our care. This was particularly noticeable in Northern Ireland, with our team of welfare officers being asked to take in more and more donkeys as their value at market dropped and owners were unable to afford to pay for their care.
The Donkey Sanctuary has a dedicated team of 45 regional and area welfare officers throughout the UK and Northern Ireland who investigate reports of cruelty to or neglect of donkeys, quickly and efficiently.
Free advice, help and support on caring for donkeys is also provided to owners by our welfare Officers.
If you are concerned about a donkey's welfare, please contact one of our regional welfare officers.
All calls are strictly confidential.
This weekend ten donkeys and 16 horses were rescued from appalling conditions in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, by international animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary.
Earlier this week I spent some time finding out about a scheme in the New Forest where The Donkey Sanctuary is offering fluorescent yellow donkey collars to owners to help make their animals more visible to drivers. There are 128 donkeys registered as 'free-roaming' in the area, and sadly each year some of this number become the unfortunate victims of road traffic accidents.
Fluorescent yellow collars are being offered to donkey owners in the New Forest by international animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary to help make their animals more visible to drivers over the dark winter months.
International animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary is pleased by the successful prosecution of Graham Gott from Slaidburn, Lancashire, at Hyndburn Magistrates Court on 2 November 2011, for causing neglect and suffering to a large group of animals including nine donkeys.