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May 25, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Taking it easy in retirement

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This is the well known (at least in the UK it is) donkey sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon.  It does great work rescuing donkeys from a miserable existence and abuse in many countries across the world.   It’s a great place to visit and strangely calming and very peaceful.



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  1. Gallivanta / May 26 2013 2:57 am

    Looks very peaceful. I would like to spend some time walking beside the donkey in the foreground of your photo.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / May 26 2013 8:17 am

      They were all lovely and gentle and enjoyed having a fuss from people, which is surprising given that they were there because of human abuse or neglect. I wold gladly have adopted one or two if I had the space.

      • Gallivanta / May 26 2013 8:24 am

        I was wondering if this sanctuary has connections to the donkey rescue service in Egypt. They do wonderful work with few resources for a vast problem. I think the service was started by an English woman. I just googled and it is one and the same.

      • viewsfromasmallisland / May 26 2013 8:59 am

        Yes, they do work all over the world.

  2. John / May 26 2013 4:41 am

    Really nice photo…. sounds like a place that does a wonderful thing. Here in Colorado, we have a wildlife sanctuary, a home for exotic animals that people owned –some animals were abused, some given away when the novelty wore off. It’s home to lions, tigers, and many others. I like the idea that even donkeys have a place to go…

    • viewsfromasmallisland / May 26 2013 8:20 am

      It is doing a great job and bringing attention to the plight of donkeys around the world. They often seem to be forgotten in the debate about animal welfare.

  3. earthblahblah / May 26 2013 8:39 am

    It warms my heart to know there are wonderful people doing wonderful things for animals out there. So thank you for this post.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / May 26 2013 9:01 am

      You’re welcome and I agree it is warming to know education and welfare work is being done to help even the humble donkey. And they are such lovely creatures.

  4. aj vosse / May 26 2013 9:22 am

    I wonder… will they rescue me too? 😉

  5. RMW / May 26 2013 3:03 pm

    I clicked on the photo so I could see his/her face close up…. you really do get a sense this donkey is at peace and enjoying life.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / May 26 2013 5:44 pm

      Yes, it is a very calm and peaceful environment. Hard to put into words. It’s sad that these creatures had to endure such an awful time in order to find themselves in this place but now they are there, it’s a great place to be a donkey. I’d be happy there myself, (and no, I’m not a donkey).

  6. Beachbums1 / May 26 2013 8:01 pm

    Heartwarming post ~ thank you for sharing such a wonderful photo/story.

  7. Donkey Whisperer Farm / May 27 2013 3:42 pm

    Wonderful place to retire!

    • viewsfromasmallisland / May 27 2013 4:13 pm

      I agree. I could retire there myself. In fact I may do one day, well close by anyway, as I have been drawn to that beautiful part of England for many years. I love your site. All animals deserve to be treated with respect and kindness and your site brings those values to a wider audience.

      • Donkey Whisperer Farm / May 27 2013 5:23 pm

        Oh thank you so very much, it is my desire to help educate and make a difference in the lives of humans and animals.

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