Donkeys Grazing
The Donkey Sanctuary rescues and cares for donkeys across the world.

A Devon donkey sanctuary, where abandoned, abused and unwanted donkeys find care, food, companionship and shelter, is extending its work across the country and overseas too.

Just outside the picturesque seaside town of Sidmouth in Devon, within an oasis of tranquil unspoilt farmland and countryside, sits The Donkey Sanctuary. Here, abandoned, abused and unwanted donkeys find care, food, companionship and shelter.

For nearly 50 years this sanctuary has provided a safe haven to over 400 of the 7,000 rescued and unwanted donkeys in its care at its various farms throughout the UK and Ireland. Set in unspoilt farmland and countryside, it’s hardly surprising that visitors return time and again to meander among the donkeys and absorb the serene and relaxed surroundings.

Despite its limited funds, no donkey is ever refused admission to the sanctuary, provided it has a certificate of fitness to travel, and each donkey is guaranteed a life of loving care and attention. In keeping with its purpose of animal welfare, the charity never buys or sells donkeys and has a non-breeding policy.

However, relying solely on the generosity of the public can be tough, as there are thousands of mouths to feed daily, as well as the costs involved in running its 6 public-facing sanctuaries and 7 closed farms, dispersed throughout the UK and Ireland.

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