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'We're struggling to keep the doors open': Donkey sanctuary appeals for money

About 70 donkeys are currently being looked after there.

Image: GoFundMe/Donegal Donkey Sanctuary

DONEGAL DONKEY SANCTUARY has appealed for donations in a bid to stay open.

The centre, located in Castledooey, Raphoe, said it is no longer able to take in donkeys due to financial difficulties.

About 70 donkeys are currently being looked after there.

In a statement, the sanctuary said: “We are struggling to keep the doors open.

“The cost of vet, feed and farrier bills, along with welfare, vehicle, trailer and centre maintenance costs are placing tremendous pressure on financial resources.

“We have endured a hard winter, with an ever-increasing number of donkeys seeking refuge at our doors.”


A GoFundMe campaign has been started to help raise money. At the time of publication, about €5,000 of the €25,000 goal had been raised.

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The sanctuary said if the fundraising target is not reached, it could be forced to close down.

In animal welfare hard decisions have to be made and we do not wish to have to make the decision to close our doors to many needy animals.

The sanctuary is run by husband and wife Danny and Sandra Curran. It was set up in 2006 and has rehomed over 600 donkeys since then.

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