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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, 30 November 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 ONU
Wednesday, 3 December 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Filham Park, Godwell Lane, Ivybridge, Devon PL21 0LE
Thursday, 4 December 2014 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
Sidmouth, Devon
Thursday, 4 December 2014 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
Pencoed, Bridgend, South Wales
Saturday, 6 December 2014 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
72 Ballymartin Road, Templepatrick, Belfast BT39 0BS
Saturday, 6 December 2014 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Windsor Gardens, Seaton, Devon EX12 2LD


You may remember Flash who was sadly abandoned at Appleby Horse Fair in Cumbria in June earlier this year.

My name is Jenny Armstrong. I’m studying for a PhD at Southampton University and I’m running the London Marathon for The Donkey...

I’m Marta. Originally from Barcelona, I’ve swapped the balmy Spanish climate this year and am training with Roger to run The London...

Celebrate Christmas with us by sharing your wishes and dreams here and we’ll add them to The Donkey Sanctuary’s Christmas Tree which...

This sweet Merrythought Eeyore was hand-made around 1967 and coincided with the release of Walt Disney's "Winnie the Pooh...

Paddy Barrett, who has gone into retirement after 27 years of working for The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland recalls his career:

A couple from Wales were so horrified by seeing donkeys suffer on the Greek island of Santorini that they completed a tough challenge in...

“Century after century, donkeys have been working in our community without receiving care or treatment – we didn’t really consider the...

At 11am on Friday 14th November 2014, two representatives from The Donkey Sanctuary will be standing with others for 2 minutes' silence...

The Donkey Sanctuary is warning of the dangers of sycamore seeds after dozens of horses have died from a fatal disease which is feared...