What we do

The aim of the Donkey Sanctuary is to create an awareness of the donkey‘s needs, improve their status and to promote the correct treatment of donkeys so they can continue to work or without unnecessary suffering .The projects include mobile clinics and shelter, which concentrate on areas where the economy is dependent on the donkey and where there is low economic status. Donkeys are very important in many circumstances as they are a life line to families in their everyday tasks. Their usage range from Water, wood and fuel collection, rubbish removal and transportation or pulling carts, to carrying loads at construction site , in Brick kilns , carrying pilgrims and loads up to the hill etc.

Most of the sufferings endured by donkeys can be easily prevented through education and advice to the owners. Improved husbandry, Care and management of the animal, Good nutrition, improved harness, adequate Periods of work and rest is the kind of information which can be readily imparted to the donkey owner.

Many owners may not be able to afford the money, time and attention required to assist their donkey. By providing free veterinary treatment and advice, the donkey sanctuary improves the life of the working donkeys, thereby increasing its working efficiency and life expectancy. This improves their livelihood and quality of life for donkey owning communities and encourages the local community to remain intact.

Welfare Assessment:

In Donkey Sanctuary we use “Hands on Donkey Welfare” as a tool to carry out the welfare assessment of donkeys and mules. Welfare assessment involves systematic observation on donkey based indicators (figure below) of welfare backed up by other complementary lines of enquiry and investigation. These include donkey demographics, management and end of life issues, local human factors such as knowledge and skills, behaviours, attitudes and beliefs and seasonal factors including nutrition, work and other health and welfare issues.

Welfare assessment has become integral to all our activities in the projects and is the base for DSI to work in a particular area and decide on the level of interventions. Data are being recorded on these scoping surveys to identify the welfare status of the donkeys in that particular area and interventions are carried out on a participatory way including the donkey owners and other stakeholders.

We promote Donkey welfare on Five Freedoms

Welfare is not just absence of cruelty or ‘unnecessary suffering’. It is much more complex. It includes the following different states:

  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Naturalness

Five Freedoms

The ‘five freedoms’, which were originally developed by the UK’s Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC), provide valuable guidance on animal welfare. They are now Internationally recognised, and have been adapted slightly since their formulation.

  • Freedom from hunger and thirst
  • Freedom from discomfort
  • Freedom from pain, injury and disease
  • Freedom to express normal behaviour
  • Freedom from fear and distress

1.Freedom from hunger and thirst - ready access to water and a diet to maintain Health and vigour.

2.Freedom from discomfort - by providing an appropriate environment including Shelter and a comfortable resting area.

3.Freedom from pain, injury and diseases - by prevention or rapid diagnosis and Treatment.

4.Freedom to express natural behavior - by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animals own kind.

5.Freedom from fear and distress - by ensuring conditions and treatment which Avoid mental suffering.