In 1969, Dr Elisabeth Svendsen's decision to buy a donkey named Naughty Face would alter the fate of incalculable numbers of donkeys around the globe in years to come. Discover our history.
In the decade following Dr Svendsen's first donkey, she put into place much of the key work that is still at the heart of what we do today.
Find out how our work spread to donkeys in new corners of the Earth, and read about the first ever adoption donkeys.
The Donkey Sanctuary took great strides into the new millennium, opening its doors in new countries and welcoming the 10,000th donkey into our care.