The Donkey Sanctuary produces technical fact sheets, publications and other resources written by our team of experts to support the best care of donkeys and mules around the world.

We use our knowledge and experience to produce information in various formats in order to provide support for all professionals working towards the care, health and welfare of donkeys globally.

We have a large team of vets and other professionals and a fully equipped hospital and laboratory and are a world leader in donkey care.

We are happy to provide advice and support and are working towards a comprehensive package of educational resources.

Donkeys pose several diagnostic challenges of which the most important one to be aware of is their behavioural responses to pain.

  • These are often subtle in comparison to the horse and non-specific meaning that a detailed clinical examination including blood sampling is required to aid diagnosis
  • Signs of dullness including lowered head carriage, lowered ears that are unresponsive to stimuli, inappetance, reluctance to move, and isolation from companions may indicate a very sick donkey
  • Donkeys are very susceptible to hyperlipaemia, which can occur as a primary condition but is often secondary to some other disease process
  • Prompt treatment to reverse the negative energy balance and manage any underlying disease is required to increase the chances of a successful outcome.

Fact sheets, leaflets and publications

Harnesses and saddles

We train cart and harness makers around the world in the best techniques to prevent working donkeys and mules from suffering. Our work is supported by a range of written guides and videos available to watch or download.

Welfare codes and tools