RESCUING & REHABILITATING DONKEYS SINCE 1970

Heart to Heart with Donkeys

Daffodil, Pepe and Aye Carumba!

August 1, 2018

Just a selection of colourful donkey names at our Heartland property. And as any devoted donkey volunteer knows, the donkey’s names and personalities are as varied and different as their body types and it is essential to know them all. During one of our daily visits, we had one volunteer crying with laughter at the…

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DWWH intensive care unit operational again

July 2, 2018

DWWH intensive care unit is once again fully operational thanks to generous community donations and support from local businesses. Back in April, a wind storm caused a huge gum tree to crash into our intensive care shed and yards which were severely damaged and narrowly missing donkeys Joseph and George. PRD Nationwide Hunter came to…

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New Shelter for Old Donkeys

May 31, 2018

The Heartland’s older donkeys are enjoying a bright new shelter which offers protection from cold and the elements this winter. The shelter is called Billie’s Barn and was constructed thanks to a donation from Billie Mayson-Kinder’s family charity called Fly High Billie Foundation, and other generous donations. Sadly, Billie, a champion show jumper and horse…

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DWWH hospital and intensive care damaged

April 30, 2018

DWWH hospital and intensive care unit at Bishops Bridge suffered major damage in a wind storm on April 15. A five tonne gum tree crashed onto sheds and stockyards sheltering Joseph and George at the time. The terrified donkeys are lucky to be alive after the massive tree fell onto their enclosures. Both donkeys are…

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Recommended Procedure for Donkey Colts

March 29, 2018

Donkey Welfare With Heart recommends donkey colts be castrated by a veterinarian. The surgical procedure involves sedating the donkey, then preparing him for the operation that does not take long. Afterwards, the donkey awakes, rises to his feet and is observed closely for 24 hours to ensure normal post operative swelling and draining of the…

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Straw is an essential

Why straw is an essential

March 1, 2018

Straw is an essential addition to a donkey’s diet. It provides coarse fibre, roughage and bulk that is needed for digestion and dietary balance for good health and weight control. Straw is the ideal accompaniment to grassy pasture. The chewing of straw ensures the dental requirements of the donkey are challenged, helping to maintain their…

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Say Hello to Jackson

January 29, 2018

Jackson is a 16 year old miniature gelding. He was homeless, hard to catch, fearful of humans with loud voices, aggressive body language, leadropes and halters. He was a nervous little donkey. DWWH collected him and provided specialised daily attention to ensure he had a good new start in a new place, so his future…

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Happy New Year

January 8, 2018

Help is always just a phone call away at Donkey Welfare With Heart. A donkey owner was distraught upon discovering his beloved donkey bogged and suffocating in the mud in the farm dam at dawn. (The drought has impacted upon the water volume of the dam hence the bogging of the animal.) DWWH was contacted…

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You Scratch My Back, I’ll Scratch Yours!

December 1, 2017
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Una (left) Dr Gelderman and Ikarumba

UNA update

October 29, 2017

This week during 40-year-old Una’s grooming session we noticed an abdominal oedema, approximately the size of a saucer. Veterinary consultation was requested. DWWH Veterinarian, Dr Gelderman, examined Una noting she has a normal heart beat and respiratory rate, good hydration, ideal body condition and strong well trimmed hooves. We could confirm her appetite was normal…

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