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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.


Sunday, 20 July 2014 - 11:00am to Sunday, 7 September 2014 - 3:00pm
Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0NU
Saturday, 30 August 2014 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Swan Lane, Eccup, Leeds LS16 8AZ
Monday, 1 September 2014 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Horsham, West Sussex
Thursday, 4 September 2014 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
Sidmouth, Devon
Friday, 5 September 2014 - 3:00pm to Saturday, 6 September 2014 - 11:30am
Marquee Field, Slade House Farm


A donkey has been saved from working all day at an olive oil press ‘tourist attraction’ thanks to The Donkey Sanctuary who lobbied the...

I was asked last week to attend a call regarding two donkeys that had been abandoned near a remote bridge in Newry in Northern Ireland...

How do you keep donkeys hydrated on a sandy island with no natural springs or lakes?

Donkey welfare could soon be part of the school curriculum in Kenya thanks to The Donkey Sanctuary’s work to lobby the Kenyan...

My recent visit to Lamu highlighted how important the island’s sanctuary is for sick and injured donkeys.

There are just three days left to watch Shocks the donkey help two poorly twins on the BBC’s Animal Saints and Sinners TV programme last...

Well it may still be summer, with the August Bank Holiday just been and gone, but recently there has been an unmistakable nip in the air...

The Donkey Sanctuary fantastic Summer Fair in Leeds is back this Saturday from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm with plenty of fun for all the family...

The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds has appealed for a new volunteer minibus driver to help transport children with additional needs to their...

On the small island of Lamu, off the coast of Kenya, a short boat ride takes you from the airport to town – and the very first thing...