The Donkey Sanctuary has been awarded the 2012 Carole Noon Award for Sanctuary Excellence by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS).
The award was presented to David Cook, chief executive of The Donkey Sanctuary, in recognition of the high standards of care the organisation achieves in its work providing sanctuary to abandoned and mistreated donkeys and supporting projects to improve the welfare of working donkeys in 28 countries worldwide.
The Carole Noon Award for Sanctuary Excellence is given annually to a sanctuary or individual who embodies and puts into practice the GFAS philosophy of vision, dedication and excellence in animal care. It memorialises Carole Noon, Ph.D., the founder of Save the Chimps, a Florida chimpanzee sanctuary.
David Cook says: "We have been working since 1969 to improve conditions for donkeys and mules and it is wonderful that GFAS has recognised our achievements and the hard work of our staff in improving the welfare of working donkeys. Thanks to our dedicated staff, volunteers and supporters we are able to make a real difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of donkeys and the families that rely on them."