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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.


Monday, 1 June, 2015 - 10:00
Cork City
Monday, 1 June, 2015 - 10:00
Dublin City
Friday, 5 June, 2015 - 10:00
Knockardbane Farm, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
Saturday, 6 June, 2015 - 10:00
Victoria Bridge, Strabane, Co Tyrone
Thursday, 2 July, 2015 - 12:00
Visitors' Centre, Liscarroll, Mallow,Co. Cork.


The Donkey Sanctuary is extremely grateful to all of the ladies who are participating in the Vhi Dublin's Mini Marathon on behalf of the...

Nuala came into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary when she was 6 months old. She was born blind and her owner thought that the Sanctuary...

On Sunday May 3rd, in The Sheraton Hotel, Athlone Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (...

Noel Carton, Head of Operations, Donkey Sanctuary Ireland and Dr Joe Collins, Senior Donkey Welfare Advisor, have been working with the...

Diesel was taken into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary when he was just a few hours old after being rejected by his mother. He was very...

This little baby foal was born yesterday to a young donkey mare that rejected him. The donkey's concerned owner called The Donkey...

An abandoned donkey has this week been rescued by The Donkey Sanctuary after being left in a flooded field in urgent need of treatment...

Last year Jacqui and Paul became the proud foster owners of beautiful donkeys Spud and Charlie. Spud and Charlie relocated to the scenic...

Davis and Phelan are two male donkeys that were rescued separately by The Donkey Sanctuary in 2014. The two lovable rogues became best...

Brigid is celebrating her first birthday this week! Brigid is foal to mother Sheena who we rescued in very poor condition in 2013....