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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.


Friday, 7 November, 2014 - 10:00
Knockardbane Farm, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork
Saturday, 15 November, 2014 - 10:00
Belvedere House, Mullingar, Co Westmeath
Saturday, 22 November, 2014 - 10:00
RDS, Dublin
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


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...

Have you ever dreamed of doing a parachute jump and experience the exhilarating feeling of jumping from an aircraft at 10,000 feet and...

We are delighted to build on the success of our training courses aimed at donkey owners or people thinking about owning donkeys.

Animal welfare groups across Ireland have called for micro-chipping, neutering and vaccinating of pets to become mandatory.

President Michael D Higgins rounded off his visit to Liscarroll with a visit to The Donkey Sanctuary on 15th November 2013 where he...