The Donkey Sanctuary: Indiscriminate breeding and the DWIS castration programme

The Donkey Sanctuary BR Farm
ABANDONED DONKEYS: The Donkey Sanctuary is concerned at the number of donkeys being bred each year without adequate concern being given to the animal’s future. (FW16-562NN)

THE Donkey Sanctuary remains at the forefront of donkey welfare issues, promoting responsible ownership, health care and addressing the over production of donkeys in Ireland.

The Sanctuary has identified a worrying trend from the beginning of 2019 of unwanted donkey foals, with 12 alone this year having been relinquished into the Sanctuary’s care.

Through its Donkey Welfare Improvement Scheme (DWIS) the Sanctuary provides FREE castrations for ungelded stallions and colts. By offering this castration service, the Sanctuary aims to reduce the welfare problem of over production of unwanted donkeys in Ireland and to prevent further suffering.

The Donkey Sanctuary is concerned at the number of donkeys being bred each year without adequate concern being given to the animal’s future. The Sanctuary have long held these concerns regarding indiscriminate breeding and worked towards addressing the issue. The Sanctuary is urging all owners to think very carefully before breeding a foal and adding to the welfare problem.

Donkeys are long lived, with the average lifespan of a donkey estimated at between 25-30 years. Some live beyond this age and well into their 40s. This undoubtedly impacts on their welfare requirements and the need for a long term suitable secure home.

Often owners are allowing indiscriminate breeding to happen as the result of an ‘accident’ or putting their mare’s in foal without objectively considering their future, quality of stock and potential health defects and consideration of temperament.

The Sanctuary strongly encourages owners who may need help with castrating their donkeys to contact it’s Welfare Adviser on 07557 922358 to learn more about the castration programme and avail of the service.

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