The Donkey Sanctuary in Britain has made it into the 2013 issue of the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest donkey sanctuary.
The charity was founded in 1969 by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE, but this is the first time in its 40 years that it has been listed in the historic book.
“Many of us grew up with the book being a list of the biggest and best and we’re thrilled that they have chosen to recognise The Donkey Sanctuary,” said sanctuary spokeswoman Suzi Cretney.
The Donkey Sanctuary’s headquarters in Sidmouth is home to more than 500 donkeys, and there are another seven farms around the UK providing homes to ill, homeless and mistreated animals.
In addition to its work in the Britain, the Sanctuary works in countries all around the world, and runs major projects in Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Kenya and Mexico. In 2011 its international veterinary teams treated 403,000 donkeys and mules.
“Since 1969 we have provided a sanctuary for over 15,000 donkeys and support projects in 28 countries, providing veterinary treatments to sick donkeys and mules and education programmes for communities that rely on their donkeys to carry out essential tasks such as fetching waters," said Suzi.
As well as helping donkeys, the charity provides donkey assisted therapy to children with special needs and residents of hospices and nursing homes.