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Role

Of the Donkey & Mule Protection Trust

Information and advice
— educating owners and potential owners of their responsibilities when owning donkeys/mules.
Support and education
— support current owners to extend their knowledge, and ensure that they know the essentials of caring for a donkey/mule.
Rehabilitation with ownership continuing
— Where the neglect of the donkey/mule has occurred through ignorance, is not willful, and the person in charge of the animal can give a good home to the animal when given support and education. A volunteer will visit on a regular basis to assist and check.
The animal should be able to lead, tie up. Fencing should be safe and secure; there must be shelter, feet regularly trimmed. Introduce the person to a recommended farrier to ensure the feet are trimmed regularly. The owner should be able to recognise when the donkey/mule is ill.
Rescue and rehoming
— Uplifting the animal either temporarily or long term in Trust care. In some cases the donkey/mule is perfectly well cared for but the owner can no longer care for it and wants to ensure it goes to a good home and so will give it to the Trust.

There will be several levels of outcomes for the donkeys/mules

  • Rehome Youngsters Youngster with no obvious problems can be rehomed.
  • Rehome mature animals Mature and well behaved with no obvious problems can be rehabilitated.
  • Suitable for rehoming with knowledgeable home only Some health problems, but possible to be placed in a suitable and knowledgeable home.
  • Under no circumstances to be rehomed Severe problems because of severe health problems or dangerous. In these cases the animals will be assessed by two Trustees or a Trustee and another knowledgeable person and euthenaised.

The Trust will retain ownership if that is necessary or expressly requested, but has the right to sell or rehome the animal in any way that is in the best interests of the donkey or mule.

An extremely overweight donkey. Hard rolls of fat are obvious on her body and neck. Donkeys in this condition require expert feeding to reduce their weight gradually as restricting their diet too rapidly leads to other life threatening conditions.