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Donkeys at Heart

The Donkey Sanctuary was founded in 1969 by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE. It is only through her amazing devotion to donkeys and hard work that the Sanctuary grew to the international charity it is today. Over 50 million donkeys and mules exist in the world. Many need care and protection from a life of suffering and neglect, whilst others have a vital role to play in human survival and happiness; they are at the heart of everything we do here at The Donkey Sanctuary.

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We are delighted that you have decided to visit The Donkey Sanctuary and that you share our love and compassion for donkeys and mules, such gentle and affectionate creatures. Our work is funded entirely by donations and legacy gifts. Your kindness and generosity will help us to care and protect one of the world’s most hard working and humble creatures and help enrich so many lives... for that we are truly grateful.


Thursday, 2 October 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Derbyshire Centre, Buxton
Friday, 3 October 2014 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Filham Park, Godwell Lane, Ivybridge, Devon PL21 0LE
Saturday, 4 October 2014 - 10:30am
Slade House Farm
Sunday, 5 October 2014 - 4:00pm to 10:00pm
Moor Hall Hotel, Moor Hall Drive, Sutton Coldfield, B75 6LN
Wednesday, 8 October 2014 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Derbyshire Centre, Buxton


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