Working towards a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued.
Why donkeys matter
There are over 44 million donkeys around the world - and we are here to ensure that they are valued, well cared for and protected.
Our story - celebrating 50 years
From acorns great oaks do grow. Explore our new timeline to discover where it all began 50 years ago - and where we're heading now.
News & campaigns
Rejected Irish foal welcomed with open arms
The period immediately after a foal's birth is the most important to its survival. When we received a call about a mare that was lashing out at her newborn, our Irish team had to act fast in order to save the donkey foal's life.
Parsley, Irish rescue foal, blooms with confidence
Last week, we introduced fourteen donkeys removed from sordid conditions at an Irish farm. One of the smallest and youngest in the herd, Parsley, has made remarkable improvements since finding his forever home at The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland.
Irish donkey herd saved from squalor
When a routine welfare inspection unearthed the devastating truth about 14 donkeys, The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland stepped in to provide them a road to recovery.
How you can help
Volunteers are The Donkey Sanctuary's true champions. Join this incredible team of people devoted to improving the lives of donkeys and mules worldwide.
From UK rescue appeals to global welfare projects and relief for animals affected by natural disasters, we campaign tirelessly to transform the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide.
We're fighting for a world where donkeys and mules are free from suffering, but we can't do it without your help. Whether baking, sewing or sky-diving is your thing, there are a myriad of ways to raise vital funds to support our fight for donkey welfare.