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Donkey and Mule Protection Trust

Improving the lives of donkeys and mules in New Zealand

Our aim is to provide information, advice, support, education, rehabilitation and rehoming for donkeys and mules across New Zealand

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Latest News from the Trust

Read the latest news from the Trust from all around New Zealand. We’ll try to keep you up to date with what is happening, the latest advice and some great information for caring for your donkey or mule.

And two makes Seven!

And two makes Seven!

As per our previous post, the Trust was asked to help rehome five donkeys, Sarah, Lauren, Ava, Humphrey and Bogart. ...

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And today Errol obliged by running around for the camera ... See MoreSee Less

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So happy to see him much better . Gorgeous stables.

Couldn't be happier for all who worked so hard to make this possible. And Sarah of course..

So gorgeous!!! ❤ Really happy he is doing so well 😀

You go Errol

Absolutely fabulous 👍❤️👍

Well done Pru 🙌

Fantastic, he is looking so good and happy.🥰

Go Errol…..Go!

Soooooo cute

So cool look at him go, so happy now❤

Kool errol you are a survivor so awsume u cute little boy🌈🌈💜

Beautiful boy

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15 seconds in the Life of Flynn ... See MoreSee Less

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Thanks so much for the Donkey & Mule Protection Trust for the fabulous work you do.. and also thanks to all that have kindly donated towards saving this little fellow Errol❤️

Oh Geeze his poor mother 🤣

So happy

They are so adorable when they are small and get the zoomies❤

Devine 💕

Gorgeous 💖

Ewen Graves

Sooooooo cute 😍

Hahaha Flynn has the zoomies!!!!

Tess Natta do you think you might need one of these too????

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Today Humphrey and Bogart went their lovely new home. Luckily they are only 30 mins from Pru so she can regularly visit to compensate for the two large donkey shaped holes they have left behind. Humphrey and Bogart were the two foals at foot of the not so famous five that were uplifted earlier this year. They have grown up so much. ... See MoreSee Less

Today Humphrey and Bogart went their lovely new home. Luckily they are only 30 mins from Pru so she can regularly visit to compensate for the two large donkey shaped holes they have left behind. Humphrey and Bogart were the two foals at foot of the not so famous five that were uplifted earlier this year. They have grown up so much.

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Awww lucky there are two new foals to keep Pru busy!! Go shine gorgeous boys!

Aw this is fantastic news! Pru will be suffering from empty nest syndrome even though her nest is still very full

What great news... they look so cute ❤️

Yay new safe home, good luck boys

Great area for them !

Happy days beautiful donkeys😀

Lovely

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Role of the Trust

Rescue and Rehabilitation

This is when the animal is uplifted and, either temporarily or for the long term, is in the care of a rehoming centre.

The rehoming centres associated with the Trust are available to pick up a donkey or mule when an owner can no longer care for their animal and wants to ensure it goes to a good home.

The Trust raises money to support these rehoming centres in this work by providing funds for transport, farriers, dental work, gelding and any other costs associated with the rehabilitation of the donkey.

This is where most of your donations go – to the rehoming centres which are privately owned and operated by volunteers.

The animals are the responsibility of the rehoming centres and the Trust provides funds to allow them to continue their work rescuing and rehabilitating donkeys and mules in need of care.

There are several levels of outcomes for the donkeys/mules:

Rehome Youngsters

A youngster with no obvious problems can be rehomed.

Rehome mature animals

Mature and well behaved with no obvious problems can be rehabilitated and rehomed.

Suitable for rehoming with knowledgeable home only

Some health problems, but possible to be placed in a suitable and knowledgeable home.

Sponsorship

In some cases, the animal due to health or behavioural issues may remain at the rehoming centre for the long term and the Trust will seek sponsorship from supporters to cover the main costs of caring for the animal. This is a recent initiative and has been very successful.

Under no circumstances to be rehomed

Severe problems because of severe health problems or dangerous. In these cases the rehoming centre may have to make the decision to euthanise the animal.

All illustrations are the work of Pauline Sainsbury, Mamaku Donkey RRC & Sanctuary

It doesn’t stop there…

Care and Support

Information and Advice

The Trust also has a role in educating owners and potential owners of their responsibilities when owning donkeys/mules. Raising awareness of the unique nature of donkeys and mules is a critical part of what we do to minimise the risk of more animals needing care through ignorance or neglect.

Support and Education

We support current owners to extend their knowledge, and ensure that they know the essentials of caring for a donkey or mule.

Continuing rehabilitation with owner

Where the neglect of a donkey or mule has occurred through ignorance, and is not wilful, and the person in charge of the animal can give a good home to the animal with support and education, a volunteer will visit on a regular basis to assist and check.

The animal should be able to lead and tie up. Fencing should be safe and secure; there must be shelter, feet regularly trimmed. We will introduce the person to a recommended farrier to ensure the feet are trimmed regularly. The owner should be able to recognise when the donkey or mule is ill.

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