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Our much loved donkeys Dissy and Snowflake left Mudchute this morning, swapping London life for a change of pace at the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon. The mother and daughter pair have been here on the farm with us for over a decade and will be greatly missed by all. While we are very sad to see them go, we know that they will enjoy making new donkey friends in Devon. We would like to thank all who have helped care for them and helped make their time with us at Mudchute so wonderful. These two have made many friends over the years and we know they will be missed, but we are confident that they will thrive at their new home.


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For the last year, George the donkey has been one of our most popular residents. He came to us in a sorry state and thanks to help from some kind supporters, including Sandra Ireland and George Green’s School, we were able to fund the medical care that he needed. He is now in good health although he will continue to need extra attention on an old leg injury.

George is about seven years old, and he has never been neutered, which is why he cannot share a field with our two jennies, Dissy and Snowflake. As donkeys are a herd animal, this means he doesn’t have the companionship that he should have. We also don’t really have the facilities at Mudchute to neuter him, as the procedure is complicated and risky in adult donkeys.

So, after taking expert advice on what would be best for George, we have decided to rehome him to the Donkey Sanctuary in Devon. They have kindly agreed to organise the journey, take him in and give him the care and companionship of other donkeys that he needs. We will be very sad to see him leave, but feel that we must put his welfare above everything else.

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Many visitors to Pets Corner have met our handsome new donkey, George and heard his unmistakable bray! We were delighted to be able to offer George a home as he was rescued from owners who were unable to care for him. We are not an animal sanctuary and do not usually have the facilities to take on unwanted animals, so are happy that circumstances allowed us to take on another donkey.

When he came to us, George was suffering from overgrown hooves and a hoof condition called laminitis, which resulted in him having great difficulty in walking. We’ve been working closely with the vet and the farrier and are happy to report that George’s condition has improved greatly. However, as we try to correct the problem and strengthen his legs, it is important that he does not overexert himself. As a result, he is being carefully supervised and spends much of his day in Pets Corner while he builds his strength and confidence. Here in Pets Corner, he seems to be enjoying the company of our visitors and the new orphan lambs.