11 Donkeys & 1 Big Move

Donkeys on the move


Today is a day that will go down in HHO history, a new and exciting adventure, almost weekly we see a transport truck roll in to the yard to bring our ponies and horses to their new homes, it is nothing unusual and has become normal at HHO but this morning a little after 7 am, the very first load of HHO donkeys began their journey to a new life in Scotland and there was actually tears.

To help you fully understand why there is a constant struggle for homes in Ireland, donkeys are often notoriously neglected, taken for granted animals, maybe even seen as less important, we’re faced with hundreds of donkey complaints, donkey problems and donkey neglect annually, we do our utmost for each and every one of them to save their lives, correct the overgrown hooves and put back together the pieces of broken little hearts, the amount of donkeys that come to us far exceed the homes stepping forward. We were reaching a breaking point with them- there was no more room, space just wasn’t there, there was no light at the end of the tunnel for these little pets and we were sweating- what about the next donkey, can we help it? Where will we put it? What is the long-term plan? Can we start a campaign to make all the good people of Ireland aware these donkeys need help and most of all need good families of their own. 

In the midst of constant worry about these donkeys and we were quickly clocking up the numbers, we reached out to Donkey Welfare agencies and got a response- yes, we can help, yes, we have homes, already vetted and waiting for the donkey of their dreams and it spiraled.
Today 11 beautiful little boys left us to begin an adventure of a lifetime, crossing to Scotland where they will be placed in loving, secure homes and we couldn’t be happier for them. 

We cannot even express how grateful we are to the good people of Scotland for helping our own donkey crisis. To the Donkey Sanctuary in Ireland for supporting when and where they could, Sai Sanctuary for also supporting and advising and taking as many donkeys in as they could, to our farrier who is always on hand to help mend these manmade problems.

 So as they travel in comfort, we eagerly await news of their arrival, we’re hopeful it will be the start of something wonderful for these Irish donkeys.
Thank you to everyone who helped and to those considering adopting a donkey or two, please get in touch, there are so many who need help.



Sathya Sai

An update on our donkeys from other days as it turns out we have 3 very old ladies in their late twenties early thirties we needed sanctuary for them fast, And big thanks to Sathya Sai Donkey Sanctuary in Sligo for making space straight away.
Look at the ladies being greeted at their new home, it really would melt hearts to see these animals getting all the love they deserve.



Little Donkey

Meet Mary


Late yesterday evening we heard a little bray for help. We got a phone call about a little orphan donkey who needed us. Just three weeks old and her mother had sadly passed away, with no mammy her chances were looking bleak. Thankfully for this little girl a wonderful member of the public got her to HHO who then contacted the experts at the Donkey Sanctuary Ireland, who immediately offered assistance, not only to help us with her but to take her in to their care. Within hours a lorry called to HHO to collect this little girl, a veterinary team were on standby for her and staff ready to see to every need of this little girl. We’re tremendously grateful to the Donkey Sanctuary Ireland for yet again coming to the aid of HHO. We’re so grateful to have been able to help little Mary find her way to them. Good luck Mary we’re all rooting for you. We’re looking forward to hearing the updates


Donkeys need love too

Here at HHO we will always do our best to help an animal in need. We didn’t turn away when they needed us. Sadly we neither have the space, the resources or the man power to meet the demand for help.
Of late a massive amount of donkeys have needed us. Many have come from horrendous circumstances, we have done our very best to set them on the path to recovery. Donkeys are a very special part of Irish culture but thousands of donkeys per year are cast aside in our fair country, labelled as “worthless”, well we disagree, they are beautiful, intelligent and wonderful animals, who make fantastic family pets.
Our video features just a handful of donkeys who needed our help recently, all of whom are looking for a new home. To continue helping those in need, we need to rehome as many of our “ready” donkeys as possible. Can you imagine being greeted by those long ears each morning? Can you give a donkey a place to call home?
If you would like to hear more about the rehoming procedure and what is expected from a potential home please email hungryhorseoutside@gmail.com we would be happy to speak with you.

If you cannot offer a donkey a home maybe you would like to support them by sending a donation towards their care

You can also set up a monthly donation, any amount will help!

Help us help them

Sunday is a day of rest,but as always for our HHO Animal welfare advisers and Carers it is a busy day.

So many horses, ponies and donkies to care for and also a long day on the road for 2 of our advisers who set sail on a 9 hour round trip to pick up a small family of donkeys who needed our help! No one could step forward to help these poor souls! Their owner, elderly, who fell ill couldn’t care for them anymore! Mommy, 27 years old and her 3 children 20, 14 and 15.
Help was asked for and doors were closed, but Everyone here in HHO knew they couldn’t close the door on these poor souls!

Boots where lost and socks are in the bin however the difficulties were overcome and the family of 4 were safely loaded! A lot of tenderness and care was needed as Mom hadn’t moved from her home in 20 years and her children had never left the security of the only pace they knew as home! They need lots of tlc and farrier care and mom needs expert donkey care but we are confident they will settle here with us in HHO and spend the rest of their days feeling secured and loved
This is why we are here… to help people who need support and animals who really need our help.
We need your support so we can help them.

The little family are tucked up in a big stable.
Their journey to a safe haven complete


Or text HHO to 50300 to donate €4
Please help us help them

Thank you

Don’t forget the Donkies!

Please take a moment and read.
Almost 2 years ago HHO founded a German rehoming program with the help of people that had the same views as us! To save the lives of the Forgotten Irish Horse!
This program has gone from strength to strength and now we see our beautiful abandoned horses living in wonderful homes all over Europe.
But yesterday…. yesterday we achieved something really wonderful…

Our first 2 donkeys were rehomed through the program.
Moose and Minka are currently making their way to their new home in Sweden.
We are so proud and Moose being Moose, she knew there was big wonderful changes ahead for her and her daughter.
Best of luck to our 2 wonderful girls, you have an amazing life ahead of you, we’ll miss your little soft noses

Donkey and Baby