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Covid-19 advice for donkey owners

We would like to acknowledge the excellent advice and information that The Donkey Sanctuary provide on the care and handling of donkeys and Covid-19 advice for donkey owners below and on their website at

If you are a donkey owner or Donkey Guardian worried about caring for your animals during the Covid-19 outbreak, The Donkey Sanctuary are still here for you.

Please read on for specific guidance on what you can do to help your donkeys and mules if you self-isolate or become unwell.

As Covid-19 continues to spread, the impact of the virus is being felt by many communities around the world. Governments and health authorities are the best sources of advice on measures people should take to reduce transmission and risk of infection in their areas. In Ireland visit the HSE website at for more information.

The Donkey Sanctuary Welfare Team have put together some information to help advise you on how to care for your donkeys at this time. Please see the PDF below for more details. The Donkey Sanctuary want to reassure donkey owners that their Welfare Team is still on hand to offer support and guidance. Contact their Welfare office on +353 (0) 22 49013 or via email on if you want to discuss any aspects of your donkey’s care.

Report donkey cruelty

The Donkey Sanctuary has a dedicated team of Donkey Welfare Advisers across Ireland who investigate reports of cruelty to or neglect of donkeys. As a direct consequence of members of the public getting in touch, many donkeys and mules are rescued and saved from further suffering.

If in doubt, always contact The Donkey Sanctuary at
All enquiries are treated in complete confidence.

Click here to download the PDF – Advice for donkey owners and Donkey Guardians during Covid-19