Our Derbyshire Centre is a small farm of around 21 acres situated just outside Buxton, bordering the Peak District National Park, with room for up to 50 donkeys.
The donkeys that come into The Donkey Sanctuary’s care are unwanted or have been neglected. Others come from loving homes for a secure future due to health reasons, for companionship, or the owner's circumstances may have changed.
Our Derbyshire Centre's main purpose is to provide respite care to donkeys that have been rescued or relinquished to the charity who are too sick to travel to our main Sanctuary in Devon. Just like Laurel, Hardy and Tim, who came into our care in July 2009 and spent many months recovering at our Derbyshire Centre.
All donkeys spend six weeks in our New Arrivals unit where they are assessed by a vet and given vaccinations, farriery and worming and any intensive veterinary treatments that they may need before a decision is taken on the best home for each donkey.
All our donkeys are provided with a sanctuary for life with The Donkey Sanctuary and, depending on their needs, will move to one of the Sanctuary's farms in the South West of England or be considered for our foster scheme, where young and healthy donkeys are placed with caring homes so that they can receive the individual love and attention they thrive on.
A donkey who is in poor health or elderly may not be able to travel the long distance to our main Sanctuary and will therefore be given a permanent home here at the Derbyshire Centre.
Currently in our care at the Derbyshire Centre
We have room for up to 50 donkeys at our Derbyshire Centre. We currently have around 22 donkeys in permanent residence, some of whom live in a group of younger donkeys, some make up a group of older donkeys and we have a small group of donkeys with respiratory difficulties. In addition to our permanent residents, we often have donkeys at our centre who are awaiting transfer to another Sanctuary farm or being prepared to join the fostering scheme.
Our staff work with donkeys before they go to live in a foster setting, by preparing each donkey with a training programme so they are used to being caught and handled and are comfortable with being checked by vets and farriers.
Advice and support
Our regional welfare officers offer help and support to donkey owners throughout the area in addition to investigating reports of neglect or mistreatment.
The on-site training centre provides a choice of courses in donkey care and welfare, which are free to attend. For further information about the courses available, please contact us.
Our Derbyshire Centre is funded entirely by donations, being part of The Donkey Sanctuary. The charity takes in an average of eight donkeys each week throughout the UK and Ireland. With an ever increasing family of donkeys, each provided with a life of expert loving care and attention, any donation, no matter how small, makes a real difference.
The Derbyshire Centre is situated 7 miles south of Buxton on the A515 towards Ashbourne and approximately 13 miles north of Ashbourne. From Buxton take the A515 towards Ashbourne for about 6 miles. After a sharp right-hand bend you will see the Duke of York Pub on the left. Carry on for about half a mile and you will see a turning for Flag on the left-hand side. Slow down, and go past the Bull I’th Thorn Pub and then turn left immediately up a lane. The farm is about 200 yards up on the right-hand side.
Ashbourne Road, Hurdlow, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9QQ