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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.

Welcome to our family

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.


Wednesday, 24 September 2014 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Derbyshire Centre, Buxton
Thursday, 25 September 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Colne Engaine, Essex
Saturday, 27 September 2014 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Horsham, West Sussex
Saturday, 27 September 2014 - 7:00pm to Sunday, 28 September 2014 - 2:00am
The Marriott Hotel, 4, Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 6ET
Sunday, 28 September 2014 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NU


The past few weeks have been nothing short of momentous here in Imlil, trailhead for the highest mountain in North Africa and gateway to...

When the Donkey Sanctuary India put up donkey-welfare billboards along highways to reduce the number of road-traffic accidents involving...

A teaching assistant from Barnsley has just donated the £200 she raised with a grueling assault course to The Donkey Sanctuary, a...

International animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary is delighted to welcome three new volunteer trustee directors to its board....

Don’t miss the chance to snap up one of the last few tickets to The Donkey Sanctuary’s glittering Black Tie and Diamonds Ball on...

My name is Nicki Hart and I’ve been a groom at Woods Farm for 15 years.

Today is Ethiopian New Year – and they are welcoming in the year 2007! Confused?

During an equine welfare conference last year, our team met an interesting Tunisian vet called Jaber Belkhiria who has been working to...

The Donkey Sanctuary has rescued a ‘slashed’ mare and foal and given them safety at its clinic in Lamu, an island off the coast of Kenya...

The Donkey Sanctuary is holding a series of car boot sales throughout September on Sundays from 9am – 12pm.