The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary was founded in 1969 by Dr. Elisabeth Svendsen, MBE, who dedicated her life to championing donkeys. The Donkey Sanctuary is an international animal welfare charity that aims to protect and promote the welfare of donkeys and mules worldwide. It works in thirty-eight countries worldwide through major projects and collaborations and has given more than 18,800 donkeys and mules a home since it was founded.

The Donkey Sanctuary works to relieve donkey suffering directly through the hands-on care of its project teams worldwide. It also trains and advises others to do the same, helping them to build welfare infrastructures. For example, in Ethiopia, The Donkey Sanctuary provides training to para-vets at its project in Alage, giving them new skills that benefit donkeys. In India, it teaches families how to make back protectors for donkeys who carry loads at the brick kilns.

A 2017 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported The Donkey Sanctuary's Palestine project. The Donkey Sanctuary is helping its partner, Palestine Wildlife Society (PWLS) to improve the welfare of donkeys in ten villages in the Bethlehem area of Palestine. The local population is mainly farmers and there is a lack of knowledge of donkeys’ basic needs and welfare. PWLS provides free veterinary treatment and conducts donkey care and welfare education sessions with donkey owners and families during their visits to the villages. Each village is provided with a first aid box and a member of the community is trained to provide ongoing first aid care. Donkeys will benefit in the short term from veterinary treatment and in the longer term by a change in donkey owners’ behavior towards their donkeys, supported by ongoing first aid care by the community.

Website: www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk


 

 

 

 

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