There are around 50 million donkeys worldwide, and the Donkey Sanctuary is once place doing its part to provide a better quality of life for this versatile and gentle creature.
Donkeys are used as working animals throughout the world but are often mistreated and live in poor conditions. The Donkey Sanctuary was founded in the late 1960s to advocate for Donkeys and has since grown on an international level, with centres and care facilities located throughout the UK and Europe.
The Donkey Sanctuary’s Birmingham centre is located in Sutton Coldfield. Not only can you pay the donkeys and mules a visit, but you can also play a part in the ongoing care for them.
The centre is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 3pm to 5pm, and on weekends and Bank Holidays from 10am to 3pm. They do not open Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day or Easter Sunday.
The donkeys just love getting visitors and meeting new people! Each one has their own personality and story to be told – but they can also provide a wonderful form of therapy for children with special needs. The Birmingham Donkey Sanctuary offers assisted interaction and therapy with the donkeys. It is a programme in which children with behavioural problems or physical or social difficulties can gain a sense of confidence and achievement.
The programme is also beneficial for the donkeys, many of which have been rescued from neglect, have been abandoned or mistreated, simply love the interaction with people.
You can also support the work of the Donkey Sanctuary by adopting a donkey! The cost to adopt a donkey for 12 months is £36, with the money going towards funding the health and welfare of donkeys and mules throughout the UK and overseas.
There are a number of donkeys to adopt at the Birmingham sanctuary at any given time, and you can view them here.
Once the adoption is complete, you will receive an adoption pack that includes a framed photo of your new four-legged friend, a certificate, some information on your donkey, four postcards and a membership card. The sanctuary will also provide regular updates, plus invites to special events.
You can adopt more than one donkey at a time, give an adoption as a gift and even visit your donkey at the sanctuary, of course!
The Donkey Sanctuary in Birmingham also hosts the Summer Fair in June – there are stalls, activities, refreshments and a barbeque. The annual dog show is also held at the Summer Fair and is a fantastic opportunity to come and meet the donkeys, buy some donkey merchandise from the gift shop and even adopt a donkey.
The Birmingham centre is the place to meet and learn more about donkeys. It’s a wonderful place to take the kids to see these gentle creatures and enjoy a lovely day out.
Essential Information The Donkey Sanctuary, Birmingham
Address: Town Gate, Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, B74 2YT
Phone: 0121 354 9444
Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 3pm to 5pm, weekends and Bank Holidays from 10am to 3pm. Closed Wednesdays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday.