In 1987 Paddy's rescue centre for donkeys became affiliated with The Donkey Sanctuary UK. The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland registered as an Irish charity in 2011.
The Donkey Sanctuary is an international charity based in the UK where, over the years, more and more donkeys have been taken into care. To date over 12,500 have passed through the Donkey Sanctuary's gates in the UK and Ireland.
The Donkey Sanctuary works throughout the world helping to improve conditions for working donkeys and mules.
The worldwide projects vary from research into tropical diseases of both national and international importance, to mobile clinics and sanctuaries providing free clinical treatment and advice on management, husbandry and nutrition in donkeys and mules.
The charity is also engaged in investigations of transportation methods of donkeys and mules throughout Europe.