Working towards a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued.
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.
'Donkeys Matter' at RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Find out about The Donkey Sanctuary's garden at Chelsea Flower Show, and discover the stories of the donkeys and people who inspired it.
News & campaigns
Sanctuary-wide census keeps donkeys and mules on track
In a single day, every donkey, mule, hinny and pony in our care in the UK and Ireland was accounted for thanks to a nationwide effort between staff, volunteers and Donkey Guardians.
'The Yorkshire Vet' Peter Wright becomes ambassador
The Donkey Sanctuary is proud to welcome accomplished vet Peter Wright - known to many as the star of TV show 'The Yorkshire Vet' - as its new ambassador.
Samuna and her donkeys at the heart of a community
In Harabafta Village, Ethiopia, Samuna’s three donkeys play a pivotal role in supporting her family. The lives of the people, along with their herd of livestock, depend on the hardworking donkeys to fetch water.
How you can help
Get active for donkeys
Take on The Donkey Sanctuary’s new walking challenge, Dawdle for Donkeys on 15 June, and help raise funds for donkeys and mules in need.
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.
Volunteers are The Donkey Sanctuary's true champions. Join this incredible team of people devoted to improving the lives of donkeys and mules worldwide.