Donkeys are ‘Stars of the Show’ at open day

Tabitha, Friday and Hendry, three of Mountains Animal Sanctuary’s friendliest donkeys, are hosting a fundraising event to raise much needed funds to ensure the long-term sustainability of the centre.

The Donkey Day, which takes place between 12 noon and 4 pm on Sunday, July 31 at Mountains Animal Sanctuary will see the donkeys take centre stage as they get involved in the day’s events which include a free talk from a Parkside’s equine vet on caring for donkeys.

The event will feature donkey themed games and family entertainment.

There will also be a treasure hunt around Mountains Animal Sanctuary’s 260-acre estate, pin the tail on the donkey, bouncy castle, face painting and a raffle will all take place.

The Sanctuary will also offer pictures with and opportunities to hear about some of its best loved Donkey residents.

The event is aimed at raising much needed funds for the Dayzee Appeal, an appeal set-up to raise £400,000 to ensure the long-term future of Scotland’s largest equine sanctuary following the death of its main benefactor last October.

Speaking ahead of the Donkey Day, manager Pam Taylor said: “Our Donkey Day is being organised to offer families a fun day out but also offer those with an interest in donkeys an opportunity to come along and hear from a leading equine vet on how best to care for donkeys.

“We have nine donkeys in our care and we’ve found that owners are often unaware of the difference in treating and looking after them compared to horses.

“While relatively easy to keep, there are distinct differences between the two breeds of animals.

“While donkeys have tough digestive systems and can break down near-inedible vegetation, they need far less feed than horses of the same size and height and are very susceptible to laminitis.

“In addition, there will be some fun donkey inspired games for our younger visitors.

“They will also be able to visit and hear more about our resident donkeys and to visit our other animals.”

The Donkey Day starts at 12 noon and offers a great family day out.

There is something for everyone from bouncy castles for children (and adults), face painting, pin the tail on the donkey, craft stalls, tours of the sanctuary, guess the donkeys’ age, raffle and treasure hunt.

The donkey talk will take place at 2pm and last approximately 30 minutes.

Tickets cost £2.50 for adults and children under 12 go free.