For thousands of years, donkeys have made a huge contribution to trade, transporting goods, materials and people over long distances, drawing water from wells, cultivating vineyards and turning grain and water mills
Donkeys are still relied upon by millions of families in some of the world’s poorest countries, providing essential transport and access to water
Donkeys have helped us in times of crisis, such as wars, rescuing wounded soldiers, and carrying equipment and provisions over rough terrain that vehicles and horses can’t manage
Donkeys are used in many leisure and sport activities, including trekking, racing, riding, driving and showing
Donkeys make excellent therapy animals, due to their calm, sociable and and sensitive nature
Donkeys are intelligent – it’s no use rushing a donkey, they need to think things through and make up their own minds!
Donkeys are full of character – they bring joy and happiness to people of all ages
Global donkey populations are under serious threat from the brutal donkey skin trade. SIGN THE LATEST PETITION HERE.
Are you a UK donkey owner? If so, then The Donkey Sanctuary would love to hear from you!
The Donkey Sanctuary is inviting all donkey owners in the UK, including guardians, private homes, small and large scale commercial owners, to take part in their Donkeys in the Community Survey. Read more ›
Here we are in the New Forest in Hampshire, south east England, on a last-minute weekend escape to the countryside from bustling Brighton and hectic London. The fact that I know there are donkeys here has absolutely nothing to do with it (well, maybe a bit)… Read more ›