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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


We are currently looking for long-term volunteers on Sundays and Wednesdays from 8:30AM-3:30PM. Volunteers should be able to commit to volunteering at least twice a month (most of our barn volunteers come once a week) year-round, and help with at least ten “Open Days” (days that are open to the public, which occur between May-December). ​

Barn volunteers educate the public about donkeys, mules and hinnies on Open Days, 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, Stacie Kelly
  2. Attend Volunteer Orientation ​
  • Next Orientation: April 2020 (full)
  • $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  

Date TBD:Prepare the farm for Open Day season. 

September | Pace for the Donkeys 5k

Help cheer on our racers and help out at our annual fundraiser

November | Fall Community Volunteer Day

Sunday, November 8th from 10am-2pm 


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

Current Volunteer Opportunity 

Fall Community Volunteer Day:

Join us on Sunday, November 10th from 10am-2pm to prepare the DSC farm for winter and decorate the barn for Holiday Open Days.

This event will take place rain or shine. 

Please register in the link below...


                                     REGISTER FOR VOLUNTEER DAY