Mamaku Rehoming Centre

Donkeys come to our care for many reasons: sometimes caring owners are no longer able to look after them due to age, a marriage breakup or something else and relinquish them to Mamaku.

More often than not we travel long distances to help donkeys who are in need and neglected, with problems such as untrimmed feet requiring a farrier, teeth with sharp points in need of filing down by a equine dentist, foundered through incorrect diet and then there are the untrained and dangerous jacks (Stallion) that need to be gelded. Some can never be rehomed and stay at the sanctuary. Mamaku has all donkeys vet checked. microchipped and wormed as try to restore their health and happiness. Donkeys are intelligent and sensitive creatures and deserve the best we can give. Without The Donkey & Mule Protection Trust to help with expenses it would not be possible to provide all they need.

Contacts

  • Pauline Sainsbury, 896B State Highway 5, RD 2, Rotorua 3072.
    Phone 027 2923675 E-mail
  • Alan Baguley, 763D White Pine Bush Road, RD1 Whakatane.
    Phone 07 3129828 or 027 2923675
    E-mail

Donkeys we have helped

Biskit

Bisket was a seven year old unhandled stallion jack and quite a challenge for Pauline. Biskit was haltered for the first time when she went to collect him and it was a mission to get him into a float with the help of friends, but he travelled well to the Manuku Donkey Sanctuary and Rehoming Centre. Pauline’s vet gelded him a couple of days later and though it went well he fell and had a massive bleed necessitating a return of the vet. While sedated Pauline and the vet trimmed his long curling hooves. He has had a very rough time but is making progress. Pauline has taught him to lead and tie up and she is teaching him to pick up his feet so that they can be cleaned and trimmed regularly. Biskit does not know what carrots, apples or hard feed are, making catching him all the harder but she says he will come around. She is going into the paddock with him four or five times daily and says he will make a nice donkey

Donkeys at Mamaku

Rosie

Rosie and her daughter Lily were picked up near Tokoroa by Mamaku RRC & Sanctuary, their owners were selling up and moving to warmer climates. 

Rosie is in her thirties and her daughter Lily in her twenties. Their owner loved these two donkeys and their grandchildren used to ride them. They did own a third donkey, an elderly jack stallion called Horace. The owners wanted to keep him to run with the bulls and their dairy cows. Horace is well looked after and his owners will keep him after they have moved. Horace was quite relieved to not have two dominating jennies boss him around, so now is happy chilling out.
When Rosie and Lily arrived at Mamaku both appeared to be doing well so were wormed, but after a few days Rosie came down with colic. After several vet visits Rosie pulled through then Lily came down with colic, but in spite of several vet’s visits and medications Lily did not respond and sadly was put to sleep.
Rosie is still grieving and at the moment prefers to be on her own with other donkeys over the fence.
We are giving her special care to brighten her up and she is enjoying her nice warm hard feeds three times a day with access to hay.
She is a lovely elderly donkey who trots up to her bowl of goodies for breakfast, lunch and tea. She will remain at Mamaku Donkey RRC and Sanctuary.
She will be appreciated and loved and will remain with Pauline. Rosie is now helping to educate Rotorua Intermediate School children who visit her four times a year. Rosie gives to children and these children give to Rosie.

 

Bisket was a seven year old unhandled stallion jack and quite a challenge for Pauline. Biskit was haltered for the first time when she went to collect him and it was a mission to get him into a float with the help of friends, but he travelled well to the Manuku Donkey Sanctuary and Rehoming Centre. Pauline’s vet gelded him a couple of days later and though it went well he fell and had a massive bleed necessitating a return of the vet. While sedated Pauline and the vet trimmed his long curling hooves. He has had a very rough time but is making progress. Pauline has taught him to lead and tie up and she is teaching him to pick up his feet so that they can be cleaned and trimmed regularly. Biskit does not know what carrots, apples or hard feed are, making catching him all the harder but she says he will come around. She is going into the paddock with him four or five times daily and says he will make a nice donkey

Our Donkeys

And away we go… Jake and Benny

And away we go… Jake and Benny

Jake and Benny recently returned to the Mamaku rehoming centre once again after being rehomed a number of times due to...

Rosie of Mamaku – RIP

Rosie of Mamaku – RIP

Sadly Rosie has now left us.  But here is her story Rosie is an elderly donkey in her thirties who lives with Pauline...

Harry of Mamaku

Harry of Mamaku

Harry was a jack (an entire male donkey) who was exhibiting typical jack-like behaviour that made him difficult for...