Enjoy watching our webcams? Help towards caring for all our donkeys and mules
If you adopt gorgeous miniature donkey Gareth then this is the camera for you. Overlooking the paddock in summer and the yard in winter, you can watch them enjoying life in the beautiful Devon countryside. You can also keep up with our dear retired adoption donkey, Little Vijay, who is happy in his own company and occasionally pottering around with his friends.
Other adoption donkeys, Timothy and Walter, are found a short walk away at Cottage Barn; while Millie, Ashley and Teddy are located on Walk A around the Sanctuary. You can watch big adoption donkey Ruby on the Main Barn webcams too.
If you’re visiting, why not come along to one of our Meet the Groom sessions to learn more about each of the wonderful adoption donkey characters. More information is available at the Visitors’ Centre at The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth. For more information about how you can adopt one of our amazing donkeys, please visit our Adopt a Donkey section.
- The Donkey Sanctuary was founded in 1969 by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen. Sadly, she passed away in 2011 but her memory lives on in our work, as does her eternal motto that, in everything we do, donkeys will always come first, second and third.
- The Donkey Sanctuary’s vision is a world where donkeys live free from suffering and their contribution to humanity is fully valued.
- There is estimated to be 50 million donkeys in the world. By 2018 we aim to double our reach to two million donkeys in 40 countries.
- Our aims include: never to turn away from donkey and mules in need and to provide lifelong care for them in the UK and Ireland; to reduce the suffering of domestic and working donkeys due to neglect, ill-treatment, illness, ignorance and injury; and to improve the lives of both donkeys and people through positive human donkey interactions.
- We currently work in 34 countries worldwide through major projects and collaborations. These projects mean we were in reach of 1.6million donkeys, and we directly treated almost a quarter of a million donkeys and mules in 2015.
- Since commencement of the charity in 1969 over 18,800 donkeys and mules have been provided with a sanctuary for life. 6,600 donkeys and mules are currently in our care at our sanctuaries, holding bases and through our Rehoming Scheme in the UK, Ireland and Europe. This includes the 960 donkeys and mules we rescued in 2015.
- We seek to analyse, understand and respond to emerging donkey welfare problems and to advocate on behalf of donkeys and bring their welfare issues to the forefront - at local, national and international levels.
- In our efforts to reach the world’s population of donkeys and mules, we work hard to impart our knowledge on the care and welfare of donkeys through training and education programmes.
- The Donkey Sanctuary is a registered charity and we rely entirely on donations and legacy gifts to fulfil our worldwide work with donkeys and mules. You can help the Sanctuary today by donating, fundraising, volunteering, adopting and rehoming.
- Our Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon, is our international headquarters and is open to the public 365 days a year.