The Donkey Sanctuary
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The Donkey Sanctuary is a UK based animal welfare charity working worldwide to improve the lives of donkeys and mules.
Since its foundation by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE in 1969, The Donkey Sanctuary has grown from a charity rescuing UK donkeys from neglect and abuse, to an international animal welfare organisation, transforming the lives of millions of donkeys and mules, and the people who depend on them for a living.
The Donkey Sanctuary has 10 sanctuaries around the UK and Europe, giving lifelong care to over 6,000 donkeys and mules. The charity’s state-of-the art donkey hospital treats sick donkeys and trains vets both nationwide and worldwide.
Its donkey-facilitated learning programme helps vulnerable children and adults develop life skills by connecting with donkeys on an emotional and physical level.
Worldwide, the charity operates programmes in almost 40 countries for animals working in agriculture, industry and transportation, and those used in the production of meat and skin. From the brick kilns of Asia to the rural communities of Africa and South America, programmes are collaborative, with local teams and partners impacting on animal welfare through the education and training of owners and other carers.
Community projects are complemented by advocacy work with governments to put animal welfare on the legislative agenda.
In 2019, The Donkey Sanctuary celebrates its 50th anniversary. This important milestone is an opportunity to both look back on the charity’s landmark achievements and take stock of the massive challenges in a world where the suffering of animals remains abhorrent.
The Donkey Sanctuary Vision: A world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering and their contribution to humanity is fully valued.