The Donkey Sanctuary

Registered Charity No: 264818 (England & Wales).

The Donkey Sanctuary was founded by the late Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE in 1969 to protect donkeys and mules and promote their welfare worldwide. Funded entirely by donations, The Donkey Sanctuary supports projects to relieve the suffering of donkeys worldwide, and has provided sanctuaries and foster homes to 18,800 donkeys and mules since it was founded.

We support projects in Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Kenya and Mexico, where donkey welfare is improved through community education and veterinary work. In 2016 we helped donkeys in 38 countries, reaching 1.6 million animals.

The Donkey Sanctuary’s vision is a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued. The Donkey Sanctuary has 10 sanctuaries around the UK and Europe providing lifelong care to over 6,000 donkeys and mules.

However, none of this lifesaving work would be possible without the incredible generosity of those who left us a gift in their will. Legacies fund three quarters of our vital work, and the impact our far sighted and kind legators have on suffering donkeys worldwide simply cannot be overstated. As a token of our grateful thanks the names of our legators are inscribed forever on our memorial wall at our headquarters in Sidmouth, Devon.

To receive a copy of our legacy guide and find out more about our work to help donkeys around the world, please contact Marie Wilson, on 01395 578008 or email

Thank you.


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