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.



Alice in Sagoland

A dream life for our Alice


This is HHO Alice, it’s so wonderful seeing how far she’s come since we took her in.

As you can see she is loving her new life across the world in the beautiful country of Sweden.

We only wish the best for her in her new home, as we do for all our rehomed horses, ponies, and Donkeys.

Let’s keep up the good work, and continue to help Ireland’s precious equine.

Thanks to all our supporters


HHO Pub Quiz



We would like to thank everyone who came along to our charity pub quiz last night, because of your help we raised over €600. All of which will go towards the 200+ horses we currently have in our care. We would like to thank all of our very generous sponsors for donating some fantastic spot prizes and vouchers that got raffled off on the night. It was a brilliant night and only for our local support we wouldn’t have done it, Thank you, from all of us here at the HHO, see you next time.



Bag Packing Fundraiser

Charity Fundraiser


We would like to say a Massive Thank you to all that volunteered & donated yesterday for our bag packing fundraiser.

We’re pleased to announce we managed to raise the grand total of €850

We also want to give a special mention to Dunnes Stores Longford, Longford Volunteer Centre and people that were kind enough to donate some of their time. Also the lads in Direct Provision Longford. We couldn’t praise them enough for their help and hard efforts.

If anyone would like to organize a fundraiser in your area or take part in upcoming events please contact our facebook page and leave a message.


As we continue to support neglected animals in the community.

Well Done Everyone



Murphy’s Law

Horse Box

So here, we seem to have Murphy’s law situations where ‘ Anything that can go wrong will go wrong’ type of year and again we’ve suffered yet another blow. So there we have it the horse box that’s hauled thousands of horses to safety over the years has seen better days. We’re wondering here if it’s even worth fixing but we can’t be without a horse box at the ready.

Just another bill we didn’t need and certainly can’t afford right now. Does anyone want to contribute to help get it back on the road? any donation would be greatly appreciated and a step in the right direction.

To donate please click the link below:


Beast from the east



Please be very careful in the next coming days as the beast from the east and storm Emma approach. We ask you to make sure all your fur babies are kept indoors or insulated shelter, and that water is checked regularly as the extreme drop in temperature will freeze it. Make sure fodder is in constant supply and that they have nice warm beds to lay down in. Be safe everyone and stay indoors.

Please do not hesitate to give us a call if you see a Horse/Donkey in distress
Emergency Phone – 086 3162449




Goodbye Girls and Boys

We’ve had another busy week at HHO but a journey has finally come to an end for another 10 of Ireland’s Forgotten

Last Friday we packed little suitcases and waved goodbye, to Twinkle, Shannon, Sparky, Rubble, Eddie, Menthos, Spirit, Angelina as well as Forgotten Dory and Forgotten Maeve.
We’re incredibly proud to have had a small part to play in their journey home, to be but a stepping stone for them, between their past and their new families.

They reached their new families over the past few days in Germany and Austria and we couldn’t be prouder of our little army taking on Europe. Each one with a tragic story of their own, cast aside in favor of a new life.

Good luck our little pets and we’ll be watching as always