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A Brief History

Wirral Donkeys and animal sanctuary started life on the Wirral in 2010. It now houses 17 donkeys and 19 horses.

It all began in 2010, through purchasing four donkeys with the intention of bringing back donkey rides to New Brighton Beach. It reminded the founder of her youth and how happy she was as a child both riding donkeys and later working with the New Brighton Donkeys all those years ago. She was happy with just four donkeys at the time.

We needed to purchase items for her donkey family, so went along to a horse sale. Whilst there a man approached us asking if it was possible for her to buy a horse because the 'meat man' was buying horses to slaughter for meat. We couldn’t allow this to happen so bought four horses and two more donkeys that day and saved them all from the hands of the 'meat man’.

That was just the beginning; from there we were approached by a lady who asked if we could take on three more donkeys as their keeper had died. She found us through word of mouth in the community, and that we rescued horses and donkeys from the meat trade, abusive owners, and took over the care of animals whose owners could no longer care for them due to personal circumstances.

During this time, we have had four different sites to house our donkeys, horses and animals. Unfortunately, the owners of the first two sites decided to sell their land to build on, leaving the animals homeless and us struggling to find land to accommodate them. We outgrew our third site and are now in the process of trying to acquire the current site at Barnston, where all the animals are happy and with the hope of opening up new opportunities for future development.

Where We Stand

We are currently campaigning to raise as much funding as possible to purchase a permanent secure piece of land for the animals to call home where they can to be settled and safe for life; to develop this project further and to become a self-sufficient small community farm where we are able to employ staff and take on more volunteers and pass on important skills to the wider community and other organisations.
April 2017 saw our arrival at the current site in Barnston village, creating many new opportunities and receiving a warm welcome from several members of the local community. We would love to be able to secure these premises and would appreciate any and all offeres of help.

Looking Ahead

We would like to share our beautiful animals with the community and develop the centre into a project that can benefit local communities, not only caring for the animals but also as a local community farm project. To do this we will need valuable volunteers, funds and any other help to support us.
There is a café on site which we hope to use for various projects such as ‘tea with the donkeys’, children’s parties and luncheon clubs. This will link in to our pets as therapy (PAT) schemes to help to improve mental health and welfare for several different target groups.
We want to install some poly-tunnels in which to grow vegetables with and for the local community, involving local community groups and primary schools as an educational resource. The food grown here will be used within the on-site café to feed resources back into the centre.
We want to provide educational resources to local schools by converting one of the buildings on the site into a classroom. We have a range of activities in mind that can help children with science, literacy and numeracy, as well as helping them to learn about healthy eating and ecology.


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