We are home to over 97 donkeys and we're open 10am-4.30pm all year round.
The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary was first established in 1987 to provide any donkey in distress or otherwise in need of care and attention, a safe and permanent home on the Isle of Wight. The charity relies entirely on donations.
The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary has 97 donkeys and 26 ponies, all of whom are either rescued or abandoned.
They are given a ‘forever home’ in 55 acres of countryside in the Wroxall valley where they get first class care and welfare. Over 50 volunteers support the staff at the Sanctuary to ensure that the donkeys ‘want for nothing’.
The sanctuary has 4 key elements to it’s work:
It rescues and supports the health of homeless donkeys
It acts as an education centre, providing learning and training for children, students, apprentices and volunteers
It is a visitor attraction in which people can meet the donkeys, interact with them, groom and walk them, or have a half days experience with the donkeys. There are events, concerts and Open Days on a regular basis.
The donkeys take part in donkey therapy programmes across the Isle of Wight (and occasionally the mainland) and work with Alzheimers patients, Stroke patients and people with a variety of needs.
The Sanctuary is a free entry, free parking site with a gift shop and a cafe. We survive because of the goodwill of supporters, visitors and people who adopt donkeys or buy products in our shop and cafe.
It is not just what we do for our donkeys, but what our donkeys do for people.
Although admission is free, there are a number ways that people can contribute to the running costs of the sanctuary. There is a gift shop and café, a bric a brac shop, and a number of opportunities for people to donate through our donation boxes. People adopt donkeys and in so doing become ‘members’ of the sanctuary, in that they get regular information about the progress and activities of the donkeys and activities on site.
Additionally, people are able to donate legacies and we are grateful to supporters who kindly leave money in their wills to help us with our work.
New ventures for the Sanctuary will include birthday parties, ‘caring for a donkey’ days and ‘leading a donkey’ days.
Admission is free and the Sanctuary is open 7 days a week from 10am – 4.30pm all year round. Additionally, the Sanctuary runs special events during the Christmas period.
Organized tours around the site can be arranged
People are welcome to buy gifts in the gift shop, adopt donkeys or make donations to this voluntary charity.