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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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UPDATE - sponsors have been found. Thanks so much to Belinda C for her increased sponsorship of the Not-So-Famous-Five, and to Nadia Mason for sponsoring Jasmine. Your support is so very appreciated.

Help - we need sponsors!

Are you able to help with sponsoring a donkey, or five! We currently have Jasmine needing $25 a month in sponsorship, and the little herd of 5 needing another $50 a month.

We know that $50 a month is a lot of money, so if you are able to contribute $20 a month, we would love to hear from you.

What does your money go towards? Sponsorship covers the day to day care - feed, farrier, worming. The routine things. It enables the human that is looking after the donkey to do the best job possible without having to worry about funding their care. Sponsors are the backbone of the work we do.

What do you get in return? Visiting and cuddle rights, advanced notice of things happening with "your" donkey, photos, little stories about their antics.

Here's a bit more about them:
Jasmine lives in Rotorua, after her owners had to sell and move. Jasmine came to us with her friend Angel, but sadly Angel had health complications and passed away. Jasmine started to limp, and after x-rays, it was found her pedal bone had rotated meaning she has a history of laminitis, and she has some arthritis. This means she will need careful diet management for the rest of her life, and pain management. Therefore she will remain with Pauline in Rorotura for the rest of her days. Jasmine has now bonded with Duchess Florence, and the two old girls are the best of friends. Jasmine already has one sponsor who contributes $25 a month, but due to her special diet, we need to increase this up to a total of $50 a month.

There are a number of posts below about the Not-So-Famous-Five that are residing in Masterton. They were surrendered to us recently. There are 3 jennys (2 are pregnant, and we await the results for the other jenny), and 2 jack foals. Five (soon to be 7 or 8) is a lot of mouths to feed, feet to trim, worms to control. They are currently sponsored, as a group, to $150 a month. But we really need to get this up to $200 a month if possible.

If you are interested in sponsoring, or have any questions, please either PM or send an email to Rebecca at publicityofficer@donkeymuletrust.org.nz
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UPDATE -  sponsors have been found.  Thanks so much to Belinda C for her increased sponsorship of the Not-So-Famous-Five, and to Nadia Mason for sponsoring Jasmine.  Your support is so very appreciated.

Help - we need sponsors!

Are you able to help with sponsoring a donkey, or five!  We currently have Jasmine needing $25 a month in sponsorship, and the little herd of 5 needing another $50 a month.

We know that $50 a month is a lot of money, so if you are able to contribute $20 a month, we would love to hear from you.  

What does your money go towards?  Sponsorship covers the day to day care - feed, farrier, worming.  The routine things.  It enables the human that is looking after the donkey to do the best job possible without having to worry about funding their care.  Sponsors are the backbone of the work we do.  

What do you get in return?  Visiting and cuddle rights, advanced notice of things happening with your donkey, photos, little stories about their antics.  

Heres a bit more about them:
Jasmine lives in Rotorua, after her owners had to sell and move.  Jasmine came to us with her friend Angel, but sadly Angel had health complications and passed away.  Jasmine started to limp, and after x-rays, it was found her pedal bone had rotated meaning she has a history of laminitis, and she has some arthritis.  This means she will need careful diet management for the rest of her life, and pain management.  Therefore she will remain with Pauline in Rorotura for the rest of her days.  Jasmine has now bonded with Duchess Florence, and the two old girls are the best of friends.   Jasmine already has one sponsor who contributes $25 a month, but due to her special diet, we need to increase this up to a total of $50 a month. 

There are a number of posts below about the Not-So-Famous-Five that are residing in Masterton.  They were surrendered to us recently.  There are 3 jennys (2 are pregnant, and we await the results for the other jenny), and 2 jack foals.  Five (soon to be 7 or 8) is a lot of mouths to feed, feet to trim, worms to control.  They are currently sponsored, as a group, to $150 a month.  But we really need to get this up to $200 a month if possible.

If you are interested in sponsoring, or have any questions, please either PM or send an email to Rebecca at publicityofficer@donkeymuletrust.org.nz

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Winston & Archie would be happy to sponsor when additional donkeys come into your care😁

My hubby and I will sponsor the one in rotorua. Please pm.

Omg cute I want to sponsor jasmine and meet her 🥺🥺❤️ Alex Smith

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Proceeds go to support the Trust’s efforts of care and rehabilitation for donkeys and mules around NZ

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:

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Rehome Youngsters

A youngster with no obvious problems can be rehomed.

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Rehome mature animals

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

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Suitable for rehoming with knowledgeable home only

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

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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.

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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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