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We would just like to say thanks

We receive such positive feedback from guests about the passion and love that our volunteers show for the donkeys and the Sanctuary. We agree, that our volunteers are some of the most dedicated and hard-working that you’ll find anywhere.

We have some of the most engaged volunteers that any organization could hope to have, with an unparalleled knowledge of the donkeys, the farm, and history of the Sanctuary. Without our volunteers, the operation of our events and day-to-day chores would be next to impossible.

Volunteers, thank you for all of the things that you do for the DSC and the animals. We wouldn’t be able to do it without you.

Orientation for DSC Volunteers


Please note that due to the current pandemic situation there will not be any volunteer intake for 2021. We will update you on this page when we have more information, so please be sure to check regularly.

Barn volunteers muck out stables, clean paddocks, fill water troughs, groom animals, and other routine tasks which contribute to the health and welfare of our animals on a regular basis. These volunteers must be able to perform duties in all weather conditions throughout the year and be able to perform physical labour throughout their shift (be able to lift 50lbs, etc). ​


  1. Submit Application + Two References​
  • Schedule Interview​
  1. Interview with Volunteer Coordinator
  2. Attend Volunteer Orientation ​
  • Next Orientation: TBD
  • $15 administrative fee
  • Complete volunteer survey
  1. Complete Barn Training + Skills Assessment​
  • All volunteers are required to complete:
    • Two hours of online training
    • Four 3-hour barn training sessions
    • Pass a skills assessment
  1. Complete Bi-Annual Reviews in January and June

​Please note that all volunteers must be over the age of 18 and have reliable transportation. In addition,​ we cannot accommodate short-term volunteers (such as volunteer hours required for school projects). Due to the level of training we invest in our volunteers, we require a minimum commitment of one year or more. If you are unable to make this commitment at this time, please wait to apply until you can meet the requirements.​

If you meet the DSC volunteer program requirements and are interested in becoming a barn volunteer, please email our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@thedonkeysanctuary.ca.

Other ways to help at the DSC

We have  three annual events that community members can volunteer at the DSC.

April | Spring Community Volunteer Day  


September | Pace for the Donkeys 5k

VIrtual run due to Covid-19

November | Fall Community Volunteer Day

cancelled due to Covid-19


Please email Kishori at volunteer@thedonkeysanctuary.ca in order to find out more about how to get involved.

Current Volunteer Opportunity 

Spring Community Volunteer Day has been postponed due to Covid-19 pandemic.

We will follow instructions and guidelines from our government officials and public health. Please check back for updates.





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