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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.

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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, 17 September 2014 - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Slade House Farm
Thursday, 18 September 2014 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
Sidmouth, Devon
Thursday, 18 September 2014 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Pencoed, Bridgend, South Wales
Friday, 19 September 2014 - 10:00am to 3:30pm
Sidmouth, Devon
Saturday, 20 September 2014 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
DS Ivybridge


My name is Nicki Hart and I’ve been a groom at Woods Farm for 15 years .I’m privileged to look after Cuckoo Barn which houses the...

Today is Ethiopian New Year – and they are welcoming in the year 2007! Confused?

During an equine welfare conference last year, our team met an interesting Tunisian vet called Jaber Belkhiria who has been working to...

The Donkey Sanctuary has rescued a ‘slashed’ mare and foal and given them safety at its clinic in Lamu, an island off the coast of Kenya...

The Donkey Sanctuary is holding a series of car boot sales throughout September on Sundays from 9am – 12pm.

The Donkey Sanctuary Belfast is holding a Fun Dog Show on Saturday the 6th of September 2014 from 12pm – 4pm.

The Donkey Sanctuary Ivybridge is holding a Dog Fun Day on Saturday 6th September from 11am – 4pm at Filham Park.

Hello, I’m Jodi Williams an equine dental technician working towards becoming a fully qualified member of the British Association of...

We are offering our supporters an opportunity to own one of these beautiful knitted Woolley donkeys to mark the centenary year of World...

A donkey has been saved from working all day at an olive oil press ‘tourist attraction’ thanks to The Donkey Sanctuary who lobbied the...