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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.


Friday, 31 October 2014 - 10:00am to 7:00pm
Events Barn, Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0NU
Friday, 31 October 2014 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Horsham, West Sussex
Friday, 31 October 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Events Barn, Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0NU
Monday, 3 November 2014 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm
6 Back Austhorpe Road, Crossgates, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS15 8NW
Thursday, 6 November 2014 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
Sidmouth, Devon
Saturday, 8 November 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Swan Lane, Off Blackhill Lane, Eccup, Leeds LS16 8AZ


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

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