Welcome to The Donkey Sanctuary





A very warm welcome and thank you for your interest in The Donkey Sanctuary. 

We are a global organisation currently working in 40 countries around the world to reach over 1.8 million donkeys a year. Read on to learn more about our mission, vision, values and the opportunities to join us at our beautiful East Devon home. You can also find out more about our work and the organisation by visiting our website.

Our mission

Since our foundation in 1969 we have worked towards achieving our vision, which is to create a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and where their contribution to humanity is fully valued. 
2019 marks our 50th year and we have much to celebrate. Together with our volunteers, partners and supporters, we have:

• Rescued and cared for over 20,000 donkeys from within the UK and mainland Europe 
• Helped tens of millions of working animals via our work with donkey-owning communities all over the world
• Become the world’s leading authority on donkeys and mules 
• Increased our income from £27million in 2012 to over £40million in 2018
• Welcomed over 350,000 visitors a year to our award winning sanctuary and visitor attraction in Devon, including school children and volunteers helping with our extensive wildlife and habitat projects
• Supported tens of thousands of vulnerable children and young people through access to our Donkey Assisted Therapy programme

However there is so much more to do. There are an estimated 50 million donkeys worldwide and they are pivotal to the survival of some of the most impoverished and vulnerable communities on the planet. Our aim is to help them all.  

Our vision is ambitious, but we meet it with determination and resolve. We make smart, strategic decisions, we adapt quickly, and we take calculated risks. We have always been pioneers for our cause, and as we enter our second half-century we are looking for candidates who embody the same the spirit of passion, creativity and drive, to join us on the next stage of our journey.  

We very much hope that you will be inspired to join us in our mission to change the world both for donkeys and for the people that depend on them, wherever they may be.


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