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Registered charity number 264818

There are over 44 million donkeys and mules worldwide and sadly so many are subjected to neglect and abuse, overworked, abandoned and left in agony to die.

Our vision is for a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering and their contribution to humanity is fully valued. And our core values of compassion, collaboration and creativity are central to everything we do.

Since 1969 we’ve been taking action and transforming lives. We rescue and rehome donkeys and mules who have been neglected, abused and abandoned.

We provide lifesaving veterinary care, we train vets and we educate current and future donkey owners. We deliver Donkey Assisted Therapy to help vulnerable children and adults develop critical life skills, including self-esteem, confidence, empathy and trust. And, of course, we provide lifelong sanctuary to over 6,000 donkeys and mules in our care.

Our doors are always open and at our main sanctuary in Sidmouth we welcome over 350,000 visitors a year.

Help The Animals‘ to support the vital work of our charities by donating today.

Help the Animals at Christmas charity partner logos; RSPCA, Scottish SPCA, Blue Cross, The Donkey Sanctuary & Widlife Aid Foundation
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Donate £5

£5 could help pay for special milk to hand feed an orphaned kitten


Text HELP5 to 70028

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Donate £10

£10 could provide treatment or medication for a sick hedgehog


Text HELP10 to 70028

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Donate £20

£20 could help deliver a lifesaving operation for an abandoned donkey


Text HELP20 to 70028

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*All texts will also incur one message charged at standard network rate. Please obtain permission from the bill payer before sending a text message. If you are under 16 years old, you must have your parent or guardian’s permission to send a text donation to us. Full terms & conditions can be found here.