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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.


Sunday, 30 November, 2014 - 12:30
Hannigan's Farm, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
Friday, 5 December, 2014 - 10:00
Knockardbane Farm, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
Wednesday, 17 December, 2014 - 13:00
Visitors' Centre, Knockardbane, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
Friday, 16 January, 2015 - 10:00
Knockardbane Farm, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
Friday, 6 February, 2015 - 10:00
Knockardbane Farm, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork


Promoting the work of The Donkey Sanctuary is exciting stuff and we are therefore looking to recruit a part-time PR Officer to help...

Atypical myopathy (AM) is a potentially fatal metabolic disease affecting the muscles. Cases have only been reported in horses so far...

The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland is celebrating the career of its founder, Paddy Barrett, as he retires following decades of devotion to...

We are looking for a full time, fixed term Veterinary Nurse to be based at The Donkey Sanctuary (Ireland) Limited which is located in...

This part time, fixed term Despatch Co-ordinator role is based in Liscarroll, Ireland and the successful candidate will manage all the...

Neglected and starving, poor Bevan had been abandoned in a remote enclosure next to a lake in Gort, Co Galway. Thankfully we were...

We have seen unprecedented levels of donkeys and mules coming in our care.

A donkey with a seriously open wound and painfully overgrown hooves greeted one of our welfare officers when she visited two donkeys in...

Sometimes we have to rescue donkeys despite the love they receive from their owners. On a cold and wet January morning Eugene Butler,...

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Daisy O. At the grand old age of 53, Daisy was one of our oldest donkey residents...