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RESCUING & REHABILITATING DONKEYS SINCE 1970

Heart to Heart with Donkeys

Volunteers are looking forward to get back to work after lockdown

October 5, 2021

Volunteers are looking forward to getting back to normal at The Heartland once lockdown is lifted. The full complement of volunteers can return every Thursday to undertake the essential caring duties to maintain the herds. During lockdown the same high standard of care was provided for the animals. We are behind with general maintenance and…

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Survival Tactics

August 18, 2021

The survival tactics continue at The Heartland to provide essential fodder for the 68 donkeys in residence there. Every day since the donkeys returned after the flood round bales are placed in various sheds and paddocks. The videos show you how we transport the round bales daily from the hay farmer to the donkeys, and…

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Winter Update

July 28, 2021

Winter is half way through its term. The pasture is not growing and any ‘pick’ available to the donkeys has low nutrient value. We provide round bales daily for the main herd to keep them satisfied and nourished. They enjoy the body warmth promoted by roughage from the hay they eat. The many senior donkeys‘…

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All you can eat donkey feast!

June 22, 2021
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THERE WERE NEVER HAPPIER LONG EARS THAN ON THURSDAY, 27th MAY 2021

June 4, 2021

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…

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MATILDA… RIP 20th May 2021.

May 25, 2021

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…

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Flood Survival Tactics

May 10, 2021

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…

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THE FLOOD HAS CAUSED STRESS, CHAOS AND DISASTER

March 24, 2021

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…

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A melancholy ending to 2020

December 14, 2020

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…

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Lisa's shows her beautiful face now minus the swelling and pain.

THE DONKEY OLYMPICS 2020

May 4, 2020

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…

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