Support of Donkeys in Santorini

Hardworking donkeys and mules on the Greek island of Santorini often work in unbearable conditions.

Donate today to help us improve the welfare of working donkeys and mules for generations to come.


When the holiday season comes into full swing, exhausted donkeys and mules face spending long days in the scorching sun, carrying tourists or heavy and harmful rubbish loads, with little to no water, food or shade.

Now is the time to increase our efforts to support the needs of these diligent donkeys and mules. The Donkey Sanctuary is committed to bringing about sustainable change. In order to do this, we need your help.

Our first step has been to call an urgent meeting with the Greek government alongside our partners, to discuss the welfare of working equines in Greece, offering them our support and technical expertise to immediately address welfare needs. Their initial response has been encouraging, with many positive steps towards improving donkey welfare being taken in response. It is a good start, but more still needs to be done.

Only by working together can we improve the lives of these hard-working donkeys and mules and we are calling on you to take a stand and pledge to become a #DonkeyDefender with us.

International Working Animal Day

This year, International Working Animal Day takes place on Friday, 15 June. On this day we will be recognising the mules and donkeys who work tirelessly for their owners. With your help we can make lasting improvements to their lives. #InternationalWorkingAnimalDay