Business Number: 138721253RR0001

Our Mission

Our pledge is to ensure that the animals we admit can live out their lives with love and dignity, surrounded by their own kind and looked after by people who aim to provide the best possible care.

As well, we strive to make young and older alike aware of the need for implementation of principles of humane stewardship in all animal/human relations.


Since 1992, The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada has been a refuge for donkeys, mules and hinnies who have been neglected or abused, or who can no longer be cared for by their owners. The Sanctuary rescues the donkey with hooves so long it lives in constant pain and cannot walk. It saves a terrified mule shivering in a pen in a slaughterhouse. It offers a home to a much-loved donkey whose aging owners can no longer provide adequate care. At the Sanctuary, the animals are provided a welcome and often life-saving peaceful haven after years of suffering and neglect. The Sanctuary is 100 acres of tranquility, in which we strive to live in peaceful harmony with the animals we have rescued. It is our mission to ensure the animals who come to live out the remainder of their lives with us are surrounded by love, dignity, and the respect they richly deserve. The Sanctuary Farm, and our satellite Foster Farms, have provided a safe home for rescued animals for more than 27 years. We are a not-for-profit charity, funded entirely by private donations. At present, around 100 equines (donkeys, mules and hinnies belong to the equine family, for those who may not know) reside at our main farm, and 47 are in care at our foster farms. We feel fortunate to be in proximity to such gentle souls day after day. We're also advocates for humane education, and provide a number of education programs to all elementary and high school grade levels.

The Sanctuary Farm is open to the public on Sundays May through October 10am to 3pm and Wednesdays, July and August only, 10 am to 3pm.

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