Other Helpful Resources

Looking for something else? We know where to find the answers! Below is a list of other organizations, links and websites that donkey owners and professionals, including veterinarians and farriers, might find useful. It includes additional materials on rescue & rehabilitation efforts, training resources and other service providers (including veterinarians and farriers) Please note, in […]

International Donkey Welfare

Did you know that over 99% of the worlds population of donkeys live outside of Canada? Whether in tourism or in impoverished countries that depend on them for every-day life, the welfare issues that North American donkeys experience ultimately represent a small, piece of the pie (Psst! This is part of what makes our work […]

Glossary of Terms

Do you know how to speak donkey yet? Take a moment to farm-iliarize yourself with these key words to help guide you in your journey of learning and loving all things donkey (and mule)! Ass: Short-handed reference to the scientific name used to refer to all subspecies of donkeys. See Taxonomy  Donkey: An English slang word that […]

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a quick question? We’ve got the answers! Check out the things that people want to know most… What are mules and hinnies? How can you distinguish between them? A mule is the offspring of a male donkey (jack) and a female horse (mare). Conversely, a ‘hinny’ is what we call the offspring of a […]


Regardless of which reasons our residents come to us because of, virtually all of them require some form of rehabilitation.    This can be short- or long-term and come in the form of medical care and/or behavioral modification. Medical Rehabilitation Upon arrival, the average donkey requires an average of $500 of immediate care. Some require […]

Our Admission Process

While we may all hope to be able to keep our four-legged loved ones forever, a donkey’s long lifespan and unique care needs can make this difficult for some caregivers. The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada (DSC) also understands that some aspects of life are inevitably beyond our control and may force us to make alternative […]

What is a Sanctuary?

An animal sanctuary is place where vulnerable animals can go to live out the remainder of their lives in peace. Though we encourage visitors to come and experience the animals at the DSC, there are several important differences between sanctuaries and zoos that you should take note of. While a zoo has a direct link […]

What should I do if I notice a donkey or mule in distress in my community?

  As a sanctuary, the DSC has no legal authority in these kinds of situations. For any animal in distress including suspected neglect or abuse, please contact Ontario’s Provincial Animal Welfare Services team at 1-833-9-ANIMAL (1-833-936-4625) or your local police services. One of your greatest powers as a donkey advocate is to spread the word […]