Working towards a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering.
Why donkeys matter
The majority of donkeys in the world today remain working animals serving some of the poorest communities.
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
East Devon MP visits The Donkey Sanctuary
The Donkey Sanctuary welcomed the Rt Hon Sir Hugo Swire to its international headquarters in Sidmouth last week, where he met the charity’s chief executive officer Mike Baker and was given a tour of the sanctuary.
Donkeys thrive after ear amputations
Obama and Shorty are as different in character as two donkeys can be, but they have one thing in common - missing ears.
Donkeys given a new start after surviving 'unacceptable' conditions
Two donkeys found with nothing to eat and drink but rotting carrots and maggot-infested water have been taken into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary.
How you can help
Help the Animals at Christmas
Broadcast live on Channel 5 on Friday 21 December, Help the Animals at Christmas saw The Donkey Sanctuary on TV screens across the country - along with the RSPCA, Scottish SPCA, Blue Cross and Wildlife Aid Foundation.
Find out what it takes to rehome a pair of donkeys or mules in the UK. Could you be a Donkey Guardian and become part of our rehoming scheme?
Volunteers are The Donkey Sanctuary's true champions. Join this incredible team of people devoted to improving the lives of donkeys and mules worldwide.