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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.


Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
Sidmouth, Devon
Thursday, 23 October 2014 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Derbyshire Centre, Buxton
Friday, 24 October 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Colne Engaine, Essex
Friday, 24 October 2014 - 10:43am to 3:30pm
Sidmouth, Devon
Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Events Barn, Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0NU
Saturday, 25 October 2014 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Horsham, West Sussex


We are offering our supporters an opportunity to own this beautiful appliqué quilted wall hanging which has been lovingly...

Before I first visited the Egyptian brick kilns, I imagined a fairly simple setup with obvious ‘cause-and-effect’ donkey welfare issues...

After nearly 11 months without a spot of rain, the brick kilns in the desert south of Cairo are as dusty, harsh and unforgiving as ever...

I looked at the course details when I arrived at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth.

Four months ago, a friendly bobby on the beat stopped his police car in the middle of Bunford Lane in Yeovil, Somerset to pick up a lost...

Six donkeys have been rescued from Ballinasloe Fair in Ireland by The Donkey Sanctuary after they were abandoned by their owners.

Giving the gift of time is something that our wonderful Quality Time Volunteers do... the power of it should never be under-estimated....

A fashion show is being held in aid of The Donkey Sanctuary next Thursday 16th October 2014 from 7pm at Korks’ wine bar in Otley.

World Animal Day was on 4th October. Celebrated every year on the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, it is...

My name is Warren and I’m a finalist at Warwick University reading Classics and I’ve chosen to run the London Marathon for The Donkey...