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Come and meet some of our 500 donkeys


Donkey and car

Car Show

Sunday, 5 July 2015 - 10:00am to 2:00pm. The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NU

Derbyshire Open Day

Sunday, 5 July 2015 - 10:00am to 4:00pm. Ashbourne Road, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9QQ
Stage 1: Introduction to Donkey Care

Stage 1: Introduction to Donkey Care

Tuesday, 7 July 2015 - 10:00am to 3:30pm. Sidmouth, Devon
Donkey Experience Day

Experience Days

Wednesday, 8 July 2015 - 9:00am to 1:00pm. Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0NU
Stage 1: Introduction to Donkey Care

Stage 1: Introduction to Donkey Care

Wednesday, 8 July 2015 - 10:00am to 4:00pm. Oxhill, Warwickshire

Belfast Holiday Drop-in

Wednesday, 8 July 2015 - 10:00am to 1:00pm. 72 Ballymartin Road, Templepatrick, Belfast BT39 0BS


Wildflower restoration meadow

Blooming marvellous National Meadows Day at The Donkey Sanctuary

National Meadows Day on Saturday 4 July is the perfect opportunity to get out there and celebrate the beauty of our precious British...

Jacques and Nicholas

Knowing me, knowing you - exploring the Sanctuary

What a few weeks it has been. When I joined The Donkey Sanctuary last month I thought I had a good idea of what the Sanctuary in Devon...

Some of the donkeys helped by MAWO in Tanzania

Lessons for life in Tanzania

The Donkey Sanctuary has been working with non-profit organisation the Meru Animal Welfare Organisation (MAWO) in Tanzania since 2010,...

Equines need regular rest and water breaks during transportation

New guidelines on the watering of equines during transport released

The Donkey Sanctuary is celebrating the launch of a new set of guidelines to protect equines from suffering the effects of dehydration...

New Donkey Care Handbook available

New Donkey Care Handbook Release

The Donkey Sanctuary is delighted to announce the release of the new Donkey Care Handbook.

Trudi Earle abseilding down the Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth

Trudi abseils for donkeys

A massive thank you to Trudi Earle from Hampshire who recently abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth to celebrate her 40th...