Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary

Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary is a registered charity which cares for and protects abused and ill-treated donkeys and other animals. (Although we do not actively rescue other animals, those that have joined us in recent years include two sheep, Buttercup & Daisy who were rescued from slaughter for meat, four goats, numerous chickens, two geese, two ducks and a pot bellied pig called Percy.)

Our donkey sanctuary is located in the picturesque village of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell, which is near Wallingford, Oxfordshire (England).

We welcome visitors between 11am and 4pm daily.
Although we do not charge an entrance fee, donations are appreciated.

If you have any suggestions or comments about what you would like to see on our website, please contact us.

Some of our donkeys are available for adoption …

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Chocolate

Gelding - Born 1992
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Chocolate is a gelding (male) donkey who was rescued in 1995 with three other donkeys from a village near Blackwood in the Rhondda Valley. Standing at 10.2 hands, he was in a very poor condition, and was suffering from both worms and lice – classic problems associated with neglect by the owner. Upon arrival at the Sanctuary, all donkeys are given a thorough examination by a vet and are treated for any problems they may have.

Chocolate is now a very fit and well donkey, who lives a happy life at the Sanctuary.
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Mr Crusty

Gelding - Born 1991
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Mr Crusty is a gelding (male) donkey standing at 10.1 hands. He was bought from a horse dealer in 1995 at a New Forest pony sale before being entered in the sale ring. In common with many rescued donkeys he was in a very poor condition. On arrival at Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary he was treated for a skin complaint, his hooves were trimmed and he was put on a course of wormer.

After careful feeding and much care and attention, Mr Crusty is now a very fit and healthy donkey with a very good nature. He is also a very quick learner.
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Lady

Mare - rescued 2007
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Lady is a 10.2 hands mare donkey. She was found in a terrible condition in South Wales and although the full details are not known it seems that Lady came to this country on a German cargo ship with her passport signed off for her to go to slaughter.
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Charlie

Gelding - Born 1989
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Charlie is a gelding (male) donkey who stands at 10.3 hands. He was rescued in 1995 with three other donkeys from a village near Blackwood in the Rhondda Valley. He was in a very poor condition, being very thin and with a badly matted coat.
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Loppy

Mare - Born 1993
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Loppy is a mare donkey standing at 14.2 hands and has ears nearly eighteen inches long – believed to be the longest ears of any female donkey in the country! She was born in 1993. In 1996 she came down from Scotland to a livestock market in Southall where she was bought by a sympathetic horse dealer who, knowing we could provide her with a good home, offered her to us.
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Brewster

Gelding - Born 1998
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Brewster was born at Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary on Tuesday 22nd May 2001 to Brandy, a mare donkey rescued in 1998 from a livestock market. Due to an accident that broke one of his legs in two places, Brewster underwent a 7 hour operation which involved inserting permanent steel plates and pins in his leg. His mother Brandy is still a resident at the Sanctuary.
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Queen

Mare - Rescued 1996
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Queen is a mare donkey standing at 10.1 hands. She was brought from a dealer at Appleby Gypsy Fair in Cumbria in May 1996 with another donkey called Princess. We learnt afterwards that the two of them had been tied to a hedge for nearly a week with no food or water. Queens coat was very matted, she was badly undernourished and had very overgrown hooves. All these problems were due to neglect and lack of care by her owner.
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Princess

Mare - Rescued in 1996
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Princess is a mare donkey standing at 10.3 hands. She was rescued from a dealer at Appleby Gypsy Fair in May 1996, with another donkey, aptly called Queen. We were told afterwards that they had been tied to a hedge for nearly a week with no food or water – indicating that their previous owner had no concern about their welfare or the poor condition they were in.
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Pollyanne

Mare - Born 1984
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Pollyanne is a grey mare donkey standing at 10.3 hands. She was rescued from Salisbury Market (Horse Sales) in March 1997. She was in a very bad condition and could possibly have gone on for slaughter from the market. Because of the lack of care from her previous owner, Pollyanne’s hooves had become badly overgrown, misshapen and painful. Following a course of remedial work by our farrier, Pollyanne’s hooves no longer trouble her.
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Jack

Gelding - Born 1998
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Jack is a gelding (male) donkey standing at 10.2 hands. He was rescued with three other donkeys in 1995 from .a village near Blackwood in the Rhondda Valley. At the time he was suffering from malnutrition and had severe pneumonia due to prolonged exposure to wind and rain with no shelter. Unlike horses and ponies, donkeys do not have such an effective natural waterproof protection in their coat.
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Percy

pot-bellied pig
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Oh, come on !

Of course I'm not an adoption donkey ... but they're all lovely guys & gals so please do adopt one of my new donkey friends.

That way you'll be helping to keep us all - donkeys, plus a few 'others' such as me and my goat friend too!

Thank-you.
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Visit Us

Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary is in Oxfordshire, England.
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We're delighted to receive donkey adoption applications by post or via the internet but your relationship with your adopted donkey needn't be long-distance only.

Staff at the donkey sanctuary would be pleased to introduce you to your adopted donkey if you are able to visit the donkey sanctuary here in Oxfordshire.

If you plan to make a special trip to us please call us first check if your donkey will be here when you visit. Although they all live here, some of these donkeys go out to shows or other events from time to time.

Read more about adopting a donkey.

Details about our location, contact information and trustees are listed on our contact page.