Our mission is to provide short-term direct care for lost, mistreated, orphaned, homeless, sick, injured and/or neglected donkeys and rehabilitate them, with the aim of finding suitable new homes.
Setting the standard in donkey welfare with unbeatable skill and practice since 1977, Donkey Welfare With Heart Inc provides support, guidance, assistance and intervention for every donkey we are alerted to that is not living an acceptable life. We provide shelter and sanctuary, medical and veterinary care and other donkey companionship for distressed and ailing donkeys.
The day to bring the herd of 62 donkeys home to The Heartland, to cross the entire property along dry-under-hoof conditions had finally arrived. It was timely as the paddocks offered to the flood-displaced-herd by three kind neighbours throughout the previous ten weeks, were depleted of grass, trodden by 248 hooves and in need of…Read More
THE GENTLE JENNY BECAME PART OF THE WELFARE WORK IN 1985 WHEN SHE WAS APPROXIMATELY TEN YEARS OLD. During the daily, (traversing four neighbours’ properties, as the receding floodwater is still causing access difficulties), high-on-the-hill herd inspection on Tuesday, 18th May, it was noted that 46 year old Matilda was laying down more frequently and…Read More
The donkeys all survived the horror of the flood that devastated their grazing paddocks 5 weeks ago. Their grass that sustains them was destroyed, their shelters were submerged to the roofs (12feet high), and everything below that height was ruined, including all but one solar powered energiser. The good news is that the deep water…Read More
No donkeys are in danger now. Volunteers walked 60 donkeys to the safety of The High Country before the water rose. The they began at dawn transporting many frail, fragile, aged or very young to safety before the rivers swelled and broke the banks. Pic of icu gateway!! It gets worse once in the muster…Read More
We wished the large van had a roof to prevent rain spoiling our supplies. Only one statue remains but their panniers are smashed. The SES received our anxious call but were unable to help at all. Rain soaked the interiors through broken glass, including the overnight van that sheltered many people and dogs evacuated from…Read More
The Covid 19 Combat Classic ‘The Show must go on!’ was the statement that encouraged the 2020, once-in-every-four-years, Donkey Olympics Championship Show. The 2020 show had to be virtual. Entries were selected from trials for preparation, presentation and performance, along with the Tiddly-Winx mini class, and handicap class for disabled ‘heart-of-gold’ donkeys.The judging-draw was honest and fair…Read More
Donkey Welfare was involved in the evacuation of many privately owned animals during the catastrophic time so close to our own at The Heartland. The blanket of smoke did not prevent a convoy of floats collecting and relocating donkeys, horses, dogs, pigs and geese to safety. Sadly one old donkey was not able to be…Read More
Because………DONKEYS MATTER Saturday 14th and Sunday the 15th of March 2020 A weekend of information, advice and assistance for donkey owners, prospective owners and enthusiasts. This will be a rare educational and social opportunity not to be missed. All your donkey questions answered. Day 1 – Saturday the 14th of March 2020 Special guest speaker…Read More