(Why do I feel like I should say ‘ee-or’ instead of hello for this post…)
Heyy there lil bears!
This post is dedicated to a donkey I met called Gareth (he was so lovely 😉 ) And of course all the other amazing animals at the sanctuary because I had SUCH. A. GOOD. DAY. *phewee* Honestly I didn’t expect it to be so fun and interesting but all I know is that I’m super glad I went!
So a couple of weeks ago we headed to Sidmouth to find the donkey sanctuary, which is in Devon, England (go check these guys out their work is amazing) and the site is pretty big with a place to eat and rest after going to visit all the donkeys which are dotted all around the site and there’s a shop and education areas- just EVERYTHING an animal lover could ever want. ❤
But anyway back to the donkeys- as soon as I stepped out the car getting my camera out and set up you could just hear so many honking noises from the fields and I couldn’t help smiling at this, the noise is so funny! The sanctuary is free entry with donation boxes provided to keep the sanctuary going which makes this such a good day out!
The first donkeys I saw were some by the entrance and although I couldn’t get too close to most of them because there were people already there- there are always ones that come round to see who you are (a.k.a do you has foods for us?)
I’m just going to insert lots of the pictures from the day! Awwe how can your heart not melt at them? *LOOK AT THOSE SLEEPY EYES*
You can see that (above) they all had collars – unless they’d pulled each others off which they did as a game!! That had the donkey’s name and age and were colour coded so they know what donkeys can be together or not. It was so amazing to see that some of the donkeys were 20+ years old! There were also younger ones that were only about 13!
On a more serious note, the work the sanctuary does is incredible- we learnt how all the donkeys came to Sidmouth in the worst condition- there were pictures of skinny donkeys with curled up hooves where they just didn’t have access to the healthcare and supplies they need, and how now, that exact donkey is looking like the happiest animal in the world by their siblings and with plenty of land to roam! I take my metaphorical hat off to these guys- you wouldn’t believe the conditions these poor animals were kept in compared to the amazing life they have now.
Next up we suddenly realised there was a maze on the site aswell out of hedges (come on everyone loves a good maze!) and not to brag or anything but Person X and I got to the middle first 😉
And then, it started to rain.
We had to run with my paper bag from the shop out and literally stood flat against the hedges to keep dry whilst it stopped! 😂
It was all good though and we even managed to see some more donkeys and get some photos as they honked away !!
To end the day, after exploring all around the donkeys and getting to feel their unbelieveablyyy soft ears (ahh) we ate at the cafe when it started to rain and had one last visit to a quieter area of the sanctuary where I met (I think-) Pablo, Pedro and Gareth who were munching a big trough of hay ^-^
This day out was amazing (yes I’ve said that way too many times) but if you are ever nearby Sidmouth, I can’t recommend going here ENOUGH. Whatever age you are- whatever number of people- there’s something for everyone to do and it’s a really relaxing place too. I was super exhausted by the time we were home though!
Hope you all have a great day! Have you ever been?