Donkey Organisations

Donkey Organisations

Donkey Organisations 



The Donkey Sanctuary

THE DONKEY SANCTUARY Founded by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen in 1969 in England, since when it has cared for over 15,000 donkeys, all of whom are guaranteed care, protection, and security for life. The sanctuary now has projects in 30 countries and treats millions of donkeys throughout the world every year. 

Brooke Action for Working Donkeys and Horses

BROOKE ACTION FOR WORKING DONKEYS AND HORSES An international animal welfare charity working to improve the lives of working horses, donkeys, mules and the people who depend on them. 

Safe Haven for Donkeys

SAFE HAVEN FOR DONKEYS IN THE HOLY LAND Helping some of the thousands of donkeys facing overwork and cruelty in Israel and the Palestinian Territories every day. The sanctuary near the Israeli town of Netanya now provides life-long care to around 220 unwanted and abused donkeys of all ages. 

Lucy's Sanctuary for Holy Land Donkeys

LUCY’S SANCTUARY FOR HOLY LAND DONKEYS Continuing Lucy Fensom’s lifelong mission to provide veterinary support and treatment for donkeys, horses and mules in Israel and the Palestinian Territories with an emphasis on education, humane handling, correct harnessing, feeding and healthcare. 

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THE FLICKA FOUNDATION DONKEY SANCTUARY Founded by Mary Berryman in Cornwall and home to over 100 horses and donkeys, many rescued from the continent. 

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REDWINGS HORSE SANCTUARY The UK’s largest horse sanctuary, responsible for over 2000 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, providing and promoting the care and protection of all horses and donkeys by offering a place of safety to those in need, rehoming  those with the potential for a fulfilling life outside the Sanctuary, and educating owners and future generations. 

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SPANA The charity for the working animals of the world since 1923, providing free veterinary care to horses, donkeys, mules and camels in some of the world’s poorest countries. The charity also improves the welfare of working animals with education and training and emergency and outreach projects. 


WORLD ANIMAL PROTECTION Working in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, North and Latin America to stop exploition of wild animals for entertainment, protect pets and working animals, campaign for better farm animal welfare, fight against factory farming and help animals in disasters. 


GAMBIA HORSE AND DONKEY TRUST The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust (GHDT) is a small charity, registered in both the UK and The Gambia. The aim of the GHDT is to reduce rural poverty in The Gambia through improving the health, welfare and productivity of working animals. 


THE ASSWIN PROJECT The Asswin Project for Donkeys and Other Animals in India is a UK registered charity which finances a healthcare programme for needy animals in and around the outskirts of New Delhi. It rescues and provides medical treatment to injured and sick working donkeys and horses, and also to street dogs and other needy animals. 

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THE DONKEY BREED SOCIETY Formed originally in the UK as the Donkey Show Society in 1967, the aims of the society are to preserve and improve the standard of Donkeys in general by breeding, to promote public education in connection with the donkey and to prevent cruelty to the donkey and to promote and finance research. 


ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS The UK’s oldest and largest animal welfare charity. They work to improve the welfare of pet animals and wild animals, campaign on behalf of farm animals and reduce the use and suffering of animals in experiments. They also run a national 24-hour cruelty line. 


NATIONAL EQUINE WELFARE COUNCIL “The National Equine Welfare Council C.I.C. works to protect horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, by providing support, guidance and a communication forum to equine organisations, businesses and charities to help raise equine welfare standards nationwide.” 

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EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK Equine Welfare Network is an independent not-for-profit organisation to enable, educate and support: individuals, charities, organisations, community groups; government bodies, councils, horse owners and any media  involved or with an interest in the escalating equine crisis in Ireland / Northern Ireland. To join EWN or for more information visit our Facebook page.  


BRITISH EQUINE VETERINARY ASSOCIATION World leading equine veterinary association with over 2,800 members globally. BEVA’s objectives are to promote and foster the cultural, scientific and professional activities of veterinary surgeons interested in equine practice. 

THE MINIATURE MEDITERRANEAN DONKEY ASSOCIATION A non-profit making association whose purpose is to ensure the welfare of Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys and to assist breeders and owners.  


IRISH DONKEY WELFARE ORGANISATION A non profit making organisation formed in July 2014 by a group of Welfare Officers who previously worked for The Donkey Sanctuary in Ireland and who have now formed a welfare organisation of their own. 

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EQUINE BEHAVIOUR AND TRAINING ASSOCIATION EBTA consists of experienced owners, behaviourists and academics committed to understanding equine behaviour and working with equines in a fair and effective manner. Current projects include developing a database of evidence-based information about donkeys and mules, their behaviour and ethological needs. 

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LA SOCIÉTÉ PROTECTRICE DES ANIMAUX La Société Protectrice des Animaux (SPA) est la première association de protection animale en France. Créée en 1845, elle a été reconnue d’utilité publique en 1860.


ÂNES SANS FRONTIÈRES / DONKEYS WITHOUT BORDERS Organisation offering donkey trekking in France, Italy, Portugal and Marocco and support for donkey refuges in Europe. Donkey welfare advocates and pioneers in Shiatsu donkey therapy.   

ASSOCIATION BÊTES DE SCÈNE Association de protection animale. Loi 1901 reconnue d’intérêt générale. Située près de Rennes (35). Adoption chiens – chèvres – équidés – chats – NAC


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ASSOCIATION NATIONALE DES AMIS DES ANES La plus ancienne association nationale de défense et de protection de l’âne, de tous les ânes, de race ou non, L’ ADADA oeuvre à la protection, la défense des ânes et aux conseils pour les propriétaires d’ânes. 


UNION NATIONALE DES ÂNIERS PLURIACTIF Un syndicat professionnel pour tous les âniers. L’UNÂP vise à identifier les spécificités asines et les faire respecter ainsi que leurs conséquences dans les domaines de l’élevage, la santé, l’éducation, et les diverses utilisations. L’UNÂP propose des formations chez des âniers professionnels, prêts à transmettre leur passion et leurs savoir-faire. 


FÉDÉRATION HANDIANE FRANCE L’association Handiane développe des équipements équestres adaptés pour des enfants en situation de handicap. Makers of specially adapted donkey riding saddles, providing access to nature for children with disabilities at centres across France. 

MEDIÂNE Objectifs: Promouvoir la présence de l’âne dans le cadre de projets à caractère éducatif, pédagogique, social et/ou de l’ordre du soin, Soutenir les pratiques de médiation animale avec l’âne, Organiser et de développer toutes activités, recherches, formations ou études mettant en lien l’âne et l’homme et Former un réseau vivant et interculturel entre les différents acteurs proposant une activité de médiation avec l’âne. 

LICORNE ET PHÉNIX Association Française pour la Médiation Animale. Cette association a pour mission de favoriser les échanges, l’information, la formation et les rencontres entre les amis et acteurs impliqués dans les actions de médiation animale.

An association for the exchange of ideas and information, education and communication between those involved in the animal assisted interventions. 


SOCIÉTÉ FRANÇAISE DES ÉQUIDES DE TRAVAIL LA SFET est la société mère des races françaises de chevaux de trait, d’ânes, de mulets et de chevaux de territoire. Ses missions consistent, en accord avec le Ministère de l’Agriculture, à proposer une politique globale, d’encouragement et de promotion de l’élevage. 

SFET is the parent company of the French breeds of draft horses, donkeys, mules and territory horses. Its missions consist, in agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture, to propose a comprehensive policy, encouragement and promotion of livestock. 

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ASSOCIATION DU STUDBOOK DES ANES AUX PAYS-BAS The Association of Dutch Donkey Studbook was founded in 1976 with the aim of promoting the health, well-being of all donkey races in the Netherlands. This by overseeing responsible breeding and raising awareness and interest in the donkey. Finding homes for donkeys and advice on buying or keeping donkeys. 



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THE DANISH DONKEY BREED SOCIETY To promote the breeding of donkeys in Denmark, to organize registration, to support farmers in breeding and to raise awareness about donkey breeds. 

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PEACEFUL VALLEY DONKEY RESCUE Peaceful Valley has a nationwide network of ranch facilities and satellite adoption centres and is the country’s leader in rescue, sanctuary, adoption and education. 

WILD BURRO PROJECT Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue division devoted to the protection of wild burros at risk, with a vast nationwide network of ranch facilities, transportation hubs, training centres, sanctuaries and adoption centres across the USA.  

WILD BURRO MANAGEMENT Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue service offered to government, native and private parties to help assist with wild burros on their lands. 

AMERICAN DONKEY AND MULE SOCIETY Source of information and services for Miniature Mediterranean and Miniature Donkeys, Standard/Large Standard, Mammoth, Mules, Zebra Bloodstock and Zebra Hybrids. They also maintain the regsitry for the American Mule Racing Association. 

AMERICAN DONKEY ASSOCIATION A national association comprised of enthusiasts seeking to promote the welfare of donkeys, help others be better donkey owners through education, expand donkey activities and shows, have fun and enjoy the camaraderie of like minded donkey owners and expand contacts with other donkey owners and associations. 


THE NATIONAL MINIATURE DONKEY ASSOCIATION A US nonprofit organization founded in 1989, aiming to protect and promote the Miniature Mediterranean breed and to provide an educational forum for owners and breeders on donkey care and management. NMDA publishes a quarterly magazine, the ASSET. 


GULF COAST DONKEY AND MULE ASSOCIATION GCDMA is dedicated to the education, growth, research, health, breeding and eventing of donkeys and mules of all sizes. They plan activities, discuss training techniques, locate sources of equipment and educate people regarding the history and value of the donkey and mule. 


WILD HORSE FREEDOM FEDERATION A group working to protect rapidly diminishing herds of wild horses and burros across the United States of America. Director of Wild Burro Affairs Majorie Farabee is continuing her work with saving the donkeys of Bonaire, as well as documenting the last remaining burro herds in the United States.

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WILD BURRO PROTECTION LEAGUE Dedicated to the elimination of lethal methods of reducing, controlling, or eliminating the numbers of burros living in the wild. Working to end the shooting of burros by the National Parks Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Texas Wildlife and Parks Department. In addition,  the Wild Burro Protection League intends to seek such policy change from any and all other government entities within the United States and Mexico which currently employ lethal methods. 


EQUINE WELFARE ALLIANCE EWA is dedicated to ending the slaughter of American Horses and the preservation and protection of Wild Horses & Burros on public lands. 

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LONGHOPES DONKEY SHELTER The premier donkey rescue in the United States and the first to be accredited by the Global Foundation of Animal Sanctuaries. Longhopes is dedicated to improving the welfare of donkeys through rescue, rehabilitation, rehoming, reduced reproduction and permanent sanctuary. 

Peace for Ponies

PEACE FOR PONIES Nonprofit organization in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. Rescuing donkeys from slaughter or abusive situations, including pregnant mares and foals. Fostering, individual training and education programmes. 

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THE DONKEY SANCTUARY OF CANADA Since 1992, The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada has been a refuge for donkeys, mules and hinnies who have been neglected or abused, or who can no longer be cared for by their owners. At the Sanctuary, animals are provided a welcome and often life-saving peaceful haven after years of suffering and neglect.


CANADIAN DONKEY AND MULE ASSOCIATION The CDMA is for anyone who enjoys longears whether you own one or not! Join CDMA to receive our quarterly magazine, Canadian Donkey & Mule News (non member subscriptions also available).

FIRST MAINLAND DONKEY AND MULE CLUB, BRITISH COLUMBIA A non profit  organization established in 2005 to preserve and protect donkeys and mules in British Columbia.  The club consists of a group of committed members who share their love for our long eared friends. We are dedicated to the enjoyment, education and promotion of donkeys and mules through shows and other family oriented activities.

ALBERTA DONKEY AND MULE CLUB Formed in 1990, the club’s purpose is to positively promote and protect the well being of donkeys and mules, organize promotional shows and competitions, organize regional and national clinics and meetings, promote public education in the use, appreciation and management of donkeys and mules and promote the value of donkeys and mules as useful animals.

LES ÂNES DE QUÉBEC Training, advice, books and donkey refuge in Val à l’âne.

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AFFILIATED DONKEY SOCIETIES OF AUSTRALIA The Affiliated Donkey Societies of Australia is the national body representing the various state based donkey and mule societies. Two of the main functions are to compile and publish the Donkey Digest and maintain the donkey registration system.

DONKEY SOCIETY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA The society has branches in Western Australia, Queensland, Victoria and Southern Australia. It aims to promote the welfare and training of donkeys and mules by sharing information and expertise. Secretary Helen McIntyre, 80 Mills Road, GOSNELLS WA 6110 Tel: 08 9398 5525 Email:

DONKEY AND MULE SOCIETY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA An organisation that brings together people and donkeys and mules for the enjoyment and enrichment of both. The Society organises shows and social events, distributes information and promotes the many benefits of being owned by these wonderful animals! 

DONKEY SOCIETY OF VICTORIA The Donkey Society of Victoria is proud to be involved with the rescue and rehoming of donkeys. We do not have our own property for the rescues, our members use their own facilities and time to take on donkeys requiring care. 

DONKEY SOCIETY OF QUEENSLAND We encourage, educate and help those interested in donkeys, mules and their associated activities. We support showing and driving classes for donkeys and mules at agricultural shows, hold donkey workshops and publish a member newsletter, the “Donkey Express.” 

THE DONKEY ALL BREEDS SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA The main focus of the Society is to preserve the different breeds and types of Donkeys and Mules in Australia by maintaining accurate registries and stud books for each breed and type. Individual registries are maintained for each breed/type of Donkey to support the future integrity of each breed.


EGYPT EQUINE AID Egypt Equine Aid is a registered Australian charity run by Jill and Warren Barton, who gave up their retirement plans to return to Cairo and do all they can to help horses and donkeys in desperate need. Set up as a small equine hospital Egypt Equine Aid relies entirely on public donations. Jill and Warren also assist the local community with employment and education.

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DONKEY & MULE SOCIETY OF NEW ZEALAND INC. The only National Breed Organisation in New Zealand for Donkeys and Mules of all types. It administers the Donkey & Mule Society of New Zealand Register. 


DONKEY & MULE PROTECTION TRUST, NEW ZEALAND Improving the Lives of Donkeys & Mules in New Zealand. 

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DONKEYS FOR AFRICA A communication portal promoting the welfare of donkeys throughout Africa by providing networking opportunities for welfare agencies and for people working with donkeys. 



ALL CREATURES ANIMAL WELFARE LEAGUE A locally registered animal welfare charity in Malawi, which aspires to link animal welfare with the wellbeing of the people. ​​We run an animal rescue service, veterinary clinic in Lilongwe and various community animal welfare, livelihoods and environmental programmes all over Malawi. 



TANZANIA ANIMALS PROTECTION ORGANIZATION A non profit registered animal Protection organization, protectiong the welfare of all animals from the mainland of the United Republic of Tanzania, East Africa.




AWARE TRUST Animal and Wildlife Area Research and Rehabilitation. The only veterinary conservation trust in Zimbabwe run by veterinarians, focusing on the welfare of wildlife and conservation of wildlife habitats.

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ANIMAL AID UNLIMITED Animal Aid provides life-saving medical treatment and care to rescued animals at our hospital in Badi, Udaipur. We take street animals into our care who are suffering with anything from a broken leg, a nasty wound, mange, or those who have been hit by a vehicle. Animal Aid’s team of veterinary doctors and nurses, along with support care givers, treat about 150-200 dogs, cows and donkeys each day. 

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