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Blackpool beach donkeys looking for winter homes
7:32am Friday 9th September 2011 in Blackpool
Donkeys which give rides to tourists on the sands of Blackpool in the summer are now looking for winter homes.
The beach donkey operators, who provide the rides, are appealing on behalf of their animals.
The owners want to find alternative accommodation for their donkeys during the winter to give them a break.
They are working with international animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary to find temporary accommodation for their donkeys.
Molly Lloyd, The Donkey Sanctuary's regional welfare officer responsible for North West England said: "Caring for donkeys can be incredibly rewarding, and looking after beach donkeys over the winter months will not only ensure that they can rest from their summer duties, but also give you hours of fun.
"Donkeys are companion animals and so any winter accommodation would need to be able to take a pair or group of donkeys.
"If you can provide an acre of well-fenced grazing with a shelter, fresh water supply and electricity, and have the time and commitment to care for donkeys over the winter months, please get in touch."
The Donkey Sanctuary can provide free support and advice to anyone interested in helping out.
If you would like to find out more about providing a winter home to beach donkeys, please contact Molly Lloyd on 07850 963563 or the charity's Welfare Department on 01395 578222.