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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.


Wednesday, 7 January 2015 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
Sidmouth, Devon
Saturday, 24 January 2015 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Eccup, Leeds
Saturday, 24 January 2015 - 10:30am to 4:00pm
Eccup, Leeds
Wednesday, 4 February 2015 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
Sidmouth, Devon
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Cwmbran, South Wales
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
Sidmouth, Devon


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