Our volunteers help us in many important ways.

Special Volunteer Days (open to the public)
Open to the public! Two Spring Volunteer Days: Sunday April 24, 2016 and Saturday April 30, 2016 - 10 am until 2 pm (or longer).

Come and help us to spruce up the Sanctuary Farm for Spring! If you like to work outside and get your hands dirty, we have the jobs – gardening, clearing trails, cleaning barns and windows, filling potholes, making or repairing tables, fences and more. Snacks and drinks will be provided and please bring your own lunch. We have basic tools and work gloves but if you have hammers, spades, shovels, etc. please bring them as we may need more. Children 8 or older, accompanied by adults, are welcome. Fun on the farm!

Please contact volunteer@thedonkeysanctuary.ca or call 519.836.1697 if you plan to attend.

General Information About Volunteering:

Spring Orientation for DSC Volunteers:

Please sign up for our next orientation session. These weekend sessions plus 4 additional hands-on times scheduled over the spring and summer are required training to ensure you are ready to help care for, groom and lead donkeys. The other essential work to do in the barnyard is cleaning – ensuring a healthy, hygienic environment for the donkeys and visitors.  

We are also very much in need of more volunteers to help with our Open Days (Sundays from May through October) plus Wednesdays in July and August only, 10-3, as well as our 3 major events: Donor Appreciation Day (May 28); Donkey Day (June 12) and PACE for the Donkeys5k (September 25).

Duties include helping manage crowds and ensuring people follow barnyard rules, answering questions, assisting with parking, and being good ambassadors of the Donkey Sanctuary. Our volunteers are the first thing people mention when they do reviews on Trip Advisor, etc. because they consistently are so friendly, compassionate, and clearly committed to the donkeys!

After the two weekend orientation sessions, you will schedule your barn training over next while. We ask that you come and volunteers for as many open days as you are able to do and one of our major events (or more if that’s possible!). As said, we need the help and you will get an amazingly broad view of the Sanctuary and its supporters by participating. Also you will be mentored by our longer-term volunteers and learn a lot about our own donkeys and this ‘forgotten equine’ in general.

Full training is provided and mandatory. Orientation sessions are set for Sunday April 17 and Saturday April 23, and both days need to be attended.

Please join our amazing team of dedicated volunteers who make this place such a special haven for donkeys – and for our visitors.

To register please contact volunteer@thedonkeysanctuary.ca

2016 Orientation Dates:
Spring Orientation: Sunday April 17 and Saturday 23 (FULL)

We'll train you in the fine art of donkey care, and you'll have the opportunity to share in a world that is far far away from your daily concerns.

Donkey Day
Our biggest fundraiser, Donkey Day attracts 2000+ visitors every year. With so many visitors, we need all kinds of help with food, parking, tickets, donkey care and more.
This year, we'll need help on:
Donkey Day setup day: Saturday June 11, 2016 – 9:30 am to 1pm.
Donkey Day: Sunday June 12, 2016 – 9:30 - 4:30 (snacks and drinks will be provided to volunteers)

Please contact lori@thedonkeysanctuary.ca if you plan to attend. (If you can arrive by 8:00 am on Donkey Day that would be greatly appreciated.)

Pace for the Donkeys
Our 4th annual Race will be held on Sunday September 25, 2016. The Run starts at 10:00 and we would need volunteers for that day to be here by 8 am to help with set up. If you are interested in helping out Race day please contact nancy@thedonkeysanctuary.ca.

Thanks very much for your interest - we hope to hear from you soon.