Donkey Sanctuary of Canada in Guelph, Ontario

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada - Guelph, Ontario, Canada

On an Open House Day, Justin and I visited the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada in Guelph, Ontario. It is a rescue farm for donkeys located in an outlying rural area of the city.

I’ve traveled to see the donkeys and mules on several occasions, and I even volunteered to do farm work there once. It was Justin’s first trip out to the Donkey Sanctuary, and I was really excited to introduce him to this place.

It was a beautiful Wednesday afternoon and the sun was shining brightly. Even though it was a weekday, there were many cars in the parking lot. It’s always encouraging to see animal sanctuaries growing in popularity because they ultimately help the animals a great deal.

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada - Guelph, Ontario, Canada

OUR VISIT ON THE FARM

We walked through the gates towards the barns and there were several donkeys roaming about. A charming donkey served as the welcoming committee, hanging out by the entrance gate.

The donkeys have so much room to walk wherever they please. If they feel like socializing outdoors with human guests or the other donkeys, they can do so. If they feel like being up in the barn or out in the field, they can go there instead.

Prior to arriving at the Donkey Sanctuary, these animals were abused, neglected, or headed to slaughter. It is amazing to witness them living so peacefully and happily now.

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada - Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada - Guelph, Ontario, Canada

This is the mission of the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada:

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.

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada - Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada - Guelph, Ontario, Canada

MEETING THE DONKEYS

Many donkeys were out walking around, receiving love and attention from visitors. Some of the donkeys were behind a short fence eating some hay. As curiosity overcame them, many donkeys wandered over to check us out. The one in the picture above really enjoyed braying – it was really loud!

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada - Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada - Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada - Guelph, Ontario, Canada

EVERY DONKEY HAS A STORY

There are nearly 100 donkeys at the sanctuary. You can read about every donkey’s background and story at the DSC website For instance, Juno lived in an abusive environment, where her previous owners beat her with a shovel and fed her very little. A neighbour rescued her and she eventually went to live at the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada. Juno lives with a small herd in a quiet environment. Although she is she, she’s learning  to trust people.

Visiting the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada is a wonderful experience for animal lovers of all ages. You can pet or brush the donkeys, or attend one of the scheduled talks throughout the day to learn more about these fascinating animals.

You can even sponsor a donkey online and visit him or her in person.

Throughout the summer months, their Open House Days are on Wednesdays or Sundays.

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada - Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada - Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada - Guelph, Ontario, Canada

DONATING TO THE DSC

Of course, taking care of all of these animals costs a lot of money.

All donations go directly towards helping the donkeys: their regular care, food, veterinary costs, maintaining their living space, and more. There are a list of needs on the websites, including ways to donate, materials that are needed on the farm, and even ways to volunteer your time to help them.

I like to regularly donate to the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada because I know they are such an amazing organization and they help so many farm animals in need. If I lived closer, I’d volunteer regularly, but I’m happy to make it out to a volunteer day when I can.

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada - Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada - Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada - Guelph, Ontario, Canada

While we were there, two of the donkeys became very interested in grooming each other. It was so cute to watch. I’d never seen donkeys socializing with each other in this way. I’m no expert in donkey animal behaviour, though I’m sure it’s quite normal to see in an environment with so many animals.

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada - Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada - Guelph, Ontario, Canada

A short video of this behaviour:

 

Check out the entire travel photo album of our trip to the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada in Guelph, Ontario.

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada. Hopefully someday you’ll be able to make it out to the farm for a visit.  Open House Days are: May – October, Sundays 10:00am-3:00pm. July & August, you can visit Sundays & Wednesdays 10:00am – 3:00pm.

UPDATE (2017): This year, the DSC is celebrating its 25th anniversary! Here’s to the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada for taking care of these gentle creatures, and here’s to another 25 sensational years.

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Donkey Sanctuary of Canada 43.467211, -80.233545 Donkey Sanctuary of CanadaConcession Road 4, Guelph, ON, Canada (Directions)

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada

6981 Concession 4

Puslinch, Ontario

Website: http://www.thedonkeysanctuary.ca

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada - Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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9 Responses

  1. Adelina
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    Oh gosh, these guys are too adorable! I didn’t know there was a Donkey Sanctuary in Canada. Too bad its too far away from me 🙁

  2. Jackie
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    What a special place! Those donkeys are so adorable and I am so glad there is a place for them to be loved and cared for. I like to spend time at our local cat haven. Volunteers can spend time in each cat colony and pet and play with the kitties!

  3. Annika -Live Laugh Explore
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    I had no idea this place existed! So cute those donkeys. I am sure there are many sad stories about how their lives were before they got there but it’s great to know that they are in a good place now and well taken care of 🙂

  4. Mrs Chasing the Donkey
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    Well you know I was going to like this one. I follow another sanctuary on facebook to get my cute donkey fix. Thanks for linking this up to #SundayTraveler.

  5. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer
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    Those donkeys are so cute. I had no idea that there were such things as donkey sanctuaries in the world. Very interesting!

  6. Christa Thompson
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    Hello, on behalf of Christa, host of The Sunday Traveler, I was stopping by to check out your article. So happy to hear they have something like this. Thank you for bringing awareness and providing information to get on board.

  7. Debbra Dunning Brouillette
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    Aw… I love donkeys and am glad to hear of this great sanctuary. It is so sad to hear of them being neglected and abused. Thanks for sharing the photos!

  8. Vidya
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    Such a unique place. Its nice to know that people care for these animals. An your photos are really nice, brought a smile!

  9. Barb
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    These donkeys are so cute. I would love to go there and pet them.

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