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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.

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Saturday, 31 January 2015 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Green Fold Abbey Hey Manchester M18 8RJ
Saturday, 31 January 2015 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Green Fold Abbey Hey Manchester M18 8RJ
Wednesday, 4 February 2015 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
Sidmouth, Devon
Wednesday, 4 February 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
72 Ballymartin Road, Templepatrick, Belfast BT39 0BS
Saturday, 7 February 2015 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0NU
Saturday, 14 February 2015 - 9:30am to Sunday, 22 February 2015 - 4:30pm
Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 0NU


It’s an upsetting time for everyone when foster donkeys have to be put to sleep. Especially for the donkey friend that is left behind....

Ted and Sunshine were given a lovely life in a country idyll with Annette Williams and her friends.

It is a well-known fact that donkeys are not waterproof so, when it snows, you must take the same care of them as if it were raining.

Farmers have some common misconceptions about donkeys, which I think I helped to put right at some recent livestock events.

As I pulled into the yard, I noticed the bus from Milton Keynes College parked up next to the gate with two happy donkeys getting a lot...

A Hull GP practice manager has raised a whopping £1000 by knitting and selling ‘Woolley’ donkeys for The Donkey Sanctuary.

The Donkey Sanctuary is this week celebrating the 50th birthday of Tessa, its oldest donkey!

All the donkeys on our farms and in our donkey assisted therapy centres are looked after by fabulous staff, who not only attend to the...

Zippy was a very special young donkey and many of you will have read of his health problems in my previous blog as well as coverage in...

Doreen O’Duffy, one of our wonderful volunteer knitters, has been busy knitting throughout the winter months to create a herd of...