The Donkey Sanctuary

Sanctuary blooms under lockdown

Authored by Mary

Wildlife has thrived under lockdown at The Donkey Sanctuary’s international headquarters in Sidmouth, as paths, walkways and verges have become a riot of pinks, purples, blues and yellows after wildflowers reaped the benefit of quieter conditions.

The Donkey Sanctuary attracts around 400,000 visitors a year, but with the sanctuary temporarily closed to visitors due to the coronavirus...

Sidmouth emergency fund launched to support donkey-owning households hit by coronavirus

Authored by News Desk

An emergency fund to help working donkey and mule owners in Africa, Asia and the Americas who are struggling because of the coronavirus outbreak, has been launched by the Sidmouth based international animal welfare charity, The Donkey Sanctuary.

The Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund will help the most vulnerable people have access to the support they need as well as protecting the...

The Donkey Sanctuary

Royal foal celebrates first birthday at The Donkey Sanctuary

Authored by Mary

Sweet Pea, the donkey named by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, during a visit to The Donkey Sanctuary’s international headquarters in Sidmouth, Devon, last year has celebrated her first birthday.

A year ago today (Friday 17 July), The Duchess, visited the Sidmouth based charity to commemorate its 50th anniversary year. Now grooms at the animal welfare charity have shared some new...

The Donkey Sanctuary remains closed to visitors

Authored by Mary

The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth will remain temporarily closed to visitors despite the lifting of some lockdown restrictions from Saturday July 4.

The charity’s international headquarters in Sidmouth welcomes around 400,000 visitors every year, and with such a large number congregating on site from across the UK, there is the heightened risk to the charity’s staff whose main...

All donkeys great and small find their sanctuary in Devon

Authored by Mary

A group of seven donkeys comprising of one of the largest breeds, and one of the smallest, have been relinquished into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary in Devon.

Due to a change in their owner’s circumstances, the three large Poitou donkeys, and four Mediterranean Miniature donkeys were taken into the care of the international animal welfare charity and will now have a home for life...

Riverford Organics donates carrots to The Donkey Sanctuary

Authored by Mary

The Donkey Sanctuary Ivybridge received a special lockdown treat thanks to a donation of carrots from Riverford Organics. Buckfastleigh based Riverford Organics had several bags of surplus carrots that they were able to donate to the resident donkeys at the Ivybridge centre, who deliver Donkey-Assisted Therapy for vulnerable children and adults throughout the local community


Enjoy another virtual day out at The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth

Authored by Mary

Following the hugely successful first ‘Sanctuary From Your Sofa’ event on Easter Monday, which reached over one million people, The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth will be hosting another day of live Facebook broadcasts this coming Bank Holiday Monday (25 May).

The donkey interaction starts at 10am and promises to be another full day of virtual visitor experiences, giving people the...

Crunch time for Sidmouth donkeys thanks to Waitrose donation

Authored by Mary

The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth received a special treat for its resident donkeys this week, thanks to a generous donation of 150kg of carrots from the local Waitrose store.

The mountain of carrots, kindly donated by Sidmouth Waitrose on Stowford Rise, was met with delight by staff and donkeys alike at The Donkey Sanctuary’s international headquarters in Sidmouth.


A virtual day out with The Donkey Sanctuary

Authored by Mary

On Easter Sunday, people will be able to catch up with the Sidmouth donkeys and mules by watching a series of live Facebook broadcasts from The Donkey Sanctuary.

For the first time ever, the international animal welfare charity will be bringing its visitor experience to the virtual world for a day of donkey interaction. Starting at 10am, viewers will be able to see how donkey-facing...

The Donkey Sanctuary donates 3,000 Easter Eggs to Sidmouth Foodbank

Authored by Mary

The Donkey Sanctuary has donated 3,000 packs of small chocolate Easter Eggs to the Sid Valley Food Bank in Sidmouth. The donated eggs will now be given to patients and staff at Sidmouth Hospital, local families who are supported by the Food Bank and key workers throughout the community.

Due to The Donkey Sanctuary Sidmouth being closed to visitors because of the coronaviruses...


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