What to do if you believe a donkey is being neglected. We sometimes get asked what to do if you are concerned that a donkey may be being neglected or abused.  Can the DSC seize the animal?In Ontario, animal sanctuaries do not have the legal authority to seize animals in distress. The responsibility for enforcing […]


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 […]