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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
Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0NU
Sunday, 27 July 2014 - 11:00am
Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0NU
Thursday, 31 July 2014 - 3:00pm
Filham Park, Ivybridge, Devon
Saturday, 2 August 2014 - 9:00pm
Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0NU
Sunday, 3 August 2014 - 10:00am
Ashbourne Road, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9QQ


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Jeff has been volunteering his time to The Donkey Sanctuary since 2011 after retiring to Devon.

The Donkey Sanctuary is launching its first ever Wildlife Week to give the whole family a thrilling insight into the natural world from...

We are offering our supporters an opportunity to own this beautiful painting we've called The Three Amigos commissioned by...

The Donkey Sanctuary has been chosen as the charity of the year by Pets at Home pet store in Marsh Barton, Exeter.

Meet the ever-so cheeky chappy that is Huwi.

The Donkey Sanctuary is celebrating the arrival of the smallest miniature foal to be born into its care.

Alan first started volunteering with The Donkey Sanctuary in 2003 with his wife, Arran.

The International Team has had a wonderful few days here at The Donkey Sanctuary catching up with old friends and making new ones. By...