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Aunts and Animal Welfare

Donkey Sanctuary

I’ve been thinking about Aunts and Animal Welfare recently. Let me explain.


A few weeks ago I was working as a steward for Oxfam at the River Cottage Festival in Devon. The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth is only a few miles away so I just had to pay them a visit. I was interested in finding out about some of the great work they do to ensure that donkeys are rescued from appalling working and living conditions. I also had an ulterior motive.

My husband’s Aunt Eileen died a few years ago and when we were clearing her home I found dozens and dozens of donation receipts and letters from the Donkey Sanctuary. She had mentioned their animal welfare work to me several times and it was clearly a cause close to her heart. I wanted to see for myself and leave a donation in her memory.

Donkey painting in progress

Of course I also took the opportunity to get some new research material for my animal paintings. This one is still a work in progress.

If you’re in the area, do go and visit. Admission is free and there are lots of exhibits and paddocks with hundreds of donkeys, staff talks and grooming demonstrations. There’s also a good cafe for a cuppa once you’ve walked round.

Rare Breeds

This week one of my own Aunts died, and she too had been interested in animal welfare issues, and has left a sizeable legacy to the South of England Rare Breeds Centre. I haven’t been there yet, but it’s on my list…

These two lovely ladies have set me thinking about supporting animal welfare charities.

I volunteer at my local RSPCA cattery, and they do some impressive work to improve animal welfare wherever they are found – in homes, laboratories, farms, paddocks or in the wild.  I also donate 20% of all my rhino art sales to Save the Rhino, but could I do more?

Support the RSPCA

In addition to my rhino art sales for Save the Rhino, if you buy anything else from my website and mention this blog post, I will donate 20% of the purchase price (excluding postage) to the RSPCA until 30th November 2019.

Will you be most interested in my colourful wildlife art, cute farm animal painting and prints, or a unique pet portrait? Take a look at my website and order your favourite colourful animal art products for your home or as a gift for an animal lover.

And look after your Aunts.



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