The Donkey Sanctuary UK was founded in 1969 by Dr. Elisabeth Svendsen MBE.
The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland was founded by Paddy Barrett in 1987 and then became affiliated with The Donkey Sanctuary UK. The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland registered as an Irish charity in 2011. Over the past 34 years, The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland has cared for and loved over 5,600 neglected and abandoned donkeys and mules. Today we have in excess of 1,800 donkeys in our care, over 680 of which have been rehomed back into the community to Guardian Homes.
We are committed to improving the welfare of donkeys throughout Ireland by supporting donkeys in the community. Due to increased indiscriminate breeding and donkeys being abandoned by their owners, our Irish sanctuary is full to capacity – but we are here to help.
Our Welfare Team can provide donkey owners with advice and support about vital care to improve the welfare of their donkeys. Please contact us to learn more.
Our journey continues…
Our picture shows Paddy Barrett with Dr. Elisabeth Svendsen