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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
Thursday, 28 August 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Colne Engaine, Essex
Thursday, 28 August 2014 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Filham Park, Godwell Lane, Ivybridge, Devon PL21 0LE
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


A Spanish town has banned donkey ‘carousels’ after The Donkey Sanctuary lobbied the authorities against it.

The Donkey Sanctuary has just started working in Belgium in a wide-reaching new collaboration which could “help every donkey in Belgium...

Four friends from Bradford have completed an epic 30-mile trek in the Lake District to raise money for charities including The Donkey...

A chance encounter at Nairobi’s Wilson airport has just highlighted to me the strength of Donkey Sanctuary Kenya’s (DSK) networking and...

This fundraising page has now closed. The winner of this wonderful painting is Mandy Hazelgrave.

At the end of April, we received a top secret email saying we had been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services (the MBE for...

Look at many modern city developments – the Olympic Park for example – and the inclusion of swathes of nodding ‘wildflowers’ are an ever...

Summer has truly arrived and one of the great joys is seeing nature bursting into life all around our beautiful Sanctuary.

The Donkey Sanctuary Ivybridge is holding a Teddy Bear’s Picnic on Thursday 14th August from 10am to 2pm.

Since launching a petition earlier this year to improve the extremely poor working conditions for donkeys and mules working in the...