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Are you concerned about a donkey?

+353 (0) 22 49013


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Can you provided a home for a pair of donkeys or mules?


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Come and meet our donkeys and mules


Street collection

Street Collection

Friday, 11 September, 2015 - 10:00.
Kanturk, Main Street, Co. Cork
Marathon runner

Cork Evening Echo Women’s Mini Marathon

Sunday, 27 September, 2015 - 13:00.
Cork City

Welcome to our family

We are delighted that you have decided to visit The Donkey Sanctuary and that you share our love and compassion for donkeys and mules, such gentle and affectionate creatures. Our work is funded entirely by donations and legacy gifts. Your kindness and generosity will help us to care and protect one of the world’s most hard working and humble creatures and help enrich so many lives... for that we are truly grateful.

Donkeys at Heart

The Donkey Sanctuary was founded in 1969 by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE. It is only through her amazing devotion to donkeys and hard work that the Sanctuary grew to the international charity it is today. Over 50 million donkeys and mules exist in the world. Many need care and protection from a life of suffering and neglect, whilst others have a vital role to play in human survival and happiness; they are at the heart of everything we do here at The Donkey Sanctuary.


Some of our more mature donkeys having a rest

Super Granny Donkeys

Did you know that donkeys can live for up to fifty years if treated correctly? We have almost 1,700 donkeys altogether in our care in...

Mick is minding Sinclair after his laser treatment

Sanctuary Vet Team is here to help with your donkeys ailments

Many people are not aware that if you are a donkey owner and you have concerns about your donkey’s health and welfare- we are here to...

Our donkeys enjoying their peaceful surroundings

Busiest year to date for The Donkey Sanctuary

As the summer draws to a close we reflect on the busy months that have passed us by.

Visit and Fall in Love

Invitation to visit, learn and fall in love

Dear Groups- Secondary, Primary, Pre-Schools, Senior Citizens etc.

Darkley and Squirrell abandoned and alone before rescue

Jane is the light in the dark for two desperate donkeys

When faced with insurmountable odds, I know that my response and my fellow Welfare Advisers is to go that extra mile for donkeys in need...

Jay and Matthew

Jay and Matthew looking for a home

Jay and Matthew are two beautiful 4 year old gelded donkeys.