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the Donkey Sanctuary
of Canada

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The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada rescues and rehabilitates donkeys, mules and hinnies who have been neglected, abused or otherwise need Sanctuary. We also provide resources and education to the public and the equine industry about the unique traits and needs of donkeys and donkey-hybrids.

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When we hear the word “equine”, seldom are donkeys, mules and hinnies the animals that come to mind. Most people are surprised when they discover that Canada has a large population of donkeys, let alone a Sanctuary dedicated to their care.

Open Days are back!

Starting May 7, 2023, until the end of October, the DSC will host Open Days on every Sunday. Tickets are limited, with two time slots each Open Day: 10 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 3 pm.

Tickets for Open Days and tours must be purchased in advance, via Eventbrite (click the ‘Book your spot’ button below to go the tickets page). We hope to see you soon!

Donors receive a discount to our Open Days!

Please email info@thedonkeysanctuary.ca for more information.

Help build a better future for donkeys by donating today.

Donkeys Monterey and Colby smiling

Sponsor a Donkey

Sponsor a donkey or mule and support their recovery and ongoing care. By sponsoring a donkey/mule/hinny, you become a vital in supporting their medical recovery and behavioral rehabilitation in helping them trust people again.  Sponsorships are $75 annually or $10 per month.

Volunteer with us

Volunteer with the DSC in various capacities and help change the lives of all our resident donkeys, mules and hinnies. You will be rewarded with a bond with these forgotten equine that is like any other.

Visit us

Come and visit the donkeys and mules in Sanctuary.

Whether you choose a visit on an Open Day or prefer to book a private, expert-guided tour, be prepared to be charmed by these gentle animals. You will learn how we care for the animals, discover the donkeys’ personalities, the dynamics of the different groupings and get all your questions about donkeys answered by our incredible staff and volunteers.

We’re GFAS-Accredited! 

Learn more about what this means and why it is important to the donkeys and our supporters!

On September 28, 2017, The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada became the first equine sanctuary in Canada to have received accreditation from The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS).

GFAS is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting and strengthening the work of animal sanctuaries, rescues, and rehabilitation centers across the world. It is the only globally recognized organization to provide validation of quality animal sanctuaries through a thorough evaluation process.

To be granted an accreditation by GFAS, sanctuaries must meet rigorous standards in regards to housing, nutrition requirements, veterinary care, well-being of animals, adoption and fostering and rescue policies.

We are proud to be the first-ever Canadian equine sanctuary to be granted accreditation. It demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest standards of care for all of our donkeys, mules and hinnies. It also demonstrates our responsible administration of the charity through strict governance policies and expertise management of operations.


To achieve our mission, we rely on the generous support of individuals like you, who share our commitment to donkeys. Your donations could help rescue a donkey who is experiencing neglect, a mule who has never felt a gentle human hand, or teach equine caretakers the difference between a donkey and a horse so they can help donkeys thrive in different environments.

In appreciation for your support, donors receive a discount to our Open Days!
Please email info@thedonkeysanctuary.ca
for more information.

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