People often donate more to charities around the holidays and one of the charities I like to give a little extra to over the festive period is The Donkey Sanctuary. Before reading further, I do need to state that this post is not sponsored in anyway and is in no way affiliated with the charity. I simply love the work the charity does and who doesn’t love a donkey around Christmas time?
A proud adoptee of a donkey called Billy O for a couple of years now, at regular intervals throughout the year The Donkey Sanctuary send me updates of how my donkey is doing, what he has been up to and who he has been playing with – all typical donkey stuff! They also advise me of activities and games other donkeys have been playing overseas, even who has been to the dentist and doctor.
Whilst donkeys played a famous part in the Christmas story, did you know that they (and mules) still play a pivotal role in societies and communities across the world? Many of these donkeys are suffering as people just do not care for their furry friends properly, due to lack of money, lack of education and a number of other factors. The Donkey Sanctuary aims to help with that and they work directly with these people to help improve donkey care and well being.
Did you know that across the world there is a growing demand for donkey meat, milk and skins? Did you know that in countries where donkeys have been an integral part of their agriculture system for millennia, the animals are often abandoned for the use of new technology and are left to fend for themselves? The Donkey Sanctuary aims to help with these issues too and oh so many, many more.
They also work on rescuing and re-homing donkeys here in the UK and do tremendous work with governments here and abroad to ensure donkey welfare is a priority, especially when they are used for leisure/tourism/entertainment activities.
The charity also offers knowledge and care advice for people as well as educational visits in a number of centres they have nationwide. Unfortunately, I do not live near to one but I am determined to visit one, hopefully by spring 2020. They also offer donkey therapy which I think is a terrific way to help people.
In the run up to Christmas, the charity also sends out a brochure of goods they have available for purchase. Their brochure features an array of wonderful things. From donkey themed gifts, adorable stationery and Christmas cards, cute kitchenware, clothing and even a donkey version of Monopoly. I have often purchased bits and pieces over the years as their products make for wonderful Christmas gifts. My mum even purchased a donkey umbrella from them for her sister, which went down amazingly well a few years ago and even lead to my aunt adopting a donkey for herself.
Since originally adopting Billy, a few other friends and family members have signed up to adopt an equine friend, much to their delight. You might have seen their adverts on TV or heard about their work in the media. If you would like to check them out, have a look around their shop, donate or adopt a friend, or even if you just want to see some pictures of donkeys, do check out their website here.
There are so many charities all vying for attention, all doing incredible work throughout the year. Which charities are close to your heart, especially over the holidays? Let me know in the comments below.