Sanctuary reopens Monday 17th May

We are pleased to announce that the Sanctuary will be reopening to visitors from Monday 17th May.

Visits can only be arranged by BOOKING through a dedicated telephone number which will be posted on our website and Facebook page soon. The sanctuary office will not be able to take bookings.

The donkeys and staff will be waiting to welcome visitors and we are working hard to make sure everyone will be safe. Thank you all for your patience and support and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

RIP Loppy

We are very sad to announce that we had to say goodbye this afternoon to Loppy, our Andalucian donkey who had been with us for 25 years. She became unwell last Saturday and we called the vet who gave her some treatment. Sunday saw no improvement and we had visits from 4 different vets throughout the week. The last vet was from Hook Norton Veterinary Practice who carried out a ultrasound and endoscope examinations and they diagnosed internal bleeding, probably due to a ruptured stomach ulcer. She could not digest any food and her condition deteriorated rapidly today. We did not want to put Loppy through any more treatments, she was very unwell and seemed to give up. 
As you can imagine everyone at the sanctuary are already missing her, she had been part of our lives for such a long time.

Remembrance Day for all animals lost to conflict

Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day, is on 11th November. It marks the day World War One ended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918. A two-minute silence is held at 11am to remember the people who have died in wars. During those two minutes please consider the countless animals that have died in conflict.

In Memory of Lee Kerslake

Lee Kerslake was an English musician, best known as the longtime drummer and backing vocalist for the rock band Uriah Heep and for his work with Ozzy Osbourne in the early 1980s. Lee was born in Winton, near Bournemouth, Dorset in 1947 and started playing drums when he was 11 years old. His first professional gig was with ‘The Gods’ in 1969 and went on to record two albums with the band. He later played with Toe Fat and National Head Band before linking up with Uriah Heep in November 1971 with whom he made 17 albums.

Lee loved animals and wanted to visit Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary as he had a particular fondness for donkeys. Sadly, Lee passed away before this could happen. He is survived by his wife Sue and his family has generously asked that donations be made in lieu of flowers.
To donate to Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary in Memory of Lee please click on this link:

Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary needs you!

Unfortunately due to Covid-19 the sanctuary has been closed to the public for almost 3 months now. This has negatively affected the income we depend on from visitors as well the fact our annual country show and donkey show were cancelled. In response to this we have been channelling all of our funds into the care and upkeep of the donkeys, this includes diverting money that had been set aside for sanctuary refurbishments.


We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Calor Rural Community Fund to upgrade our visitor facilities at the sanctuary. We need your help to get us through to the final stage with the chance to win the £5000 award! Simply click on this link to find out more:


Our chances of winning are greatly improved with help from all our supporters. If you can do any of the following it is much appreciated. You can help by:

– Liking this post
– Sharing this post
– Donating to this appeal
A big thank you from the donkeys and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Country Show 2020

This weekend (23rd and 24th May) would have been our annual Country Show. It goes without saying that we are very sad to lose this event and not be able to welcome so many of you lovely visitors. For anyone who is, like us, missing what would have been a great weekend you can see a video showing the highlights of last years show on Youtube with this link:

Take care everyone and stay safe.

It’s Donkey Time!

If you have ever wanted to be up close and personal with a donkey to call your own then Donkey Time is an experience you will love and never forget. We are holding morning sessions where you will be working closely with founder John McLaren and sanctuary staff. Learn about donkey care and have a one-to-one experience with a donkey with grooming, taking them for a walk and more. There will be a tour of the sanctuary with John and of course lots of donkey cuddles. Makes an ideal gift for any donkey lover you may know.


The sessions cost £75 per person and are from 9.30am to 1.30pm. They are being held on the following Tuesdays: 13th August (fully booked), 10th September and 8th October. Places are limited to six per session.  For more details or an application form please contact the sanctuary or click on the ‘Events’ tab above.


You may have heard about the new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), that comes into effect on 25th May 2018. To comply with GDPR requirements, we have updated our Privacy Statement. To learn more please click on “Privacy” at the bottom of the page.

When you wish upon a donkey…

Last year, leading up to Christmas, several of our wonderful supporters asked if there was anything special they could get the donkeys and from that developed our Amazon Wish List. The response was amazing and we have been asked if the same thing was going to be done again this year.

We are always very grateful for all the help and donations we receive, it really does make a difference and seeing as the donkeys now believe in Father Christmas we have created a new Wishlist which you can see by clicking on this link:

A popular item last year was some new feed bowls which, as you can see, the donkeys really enjoyed using.


Thank you again to all of you lovely people who continue to help us look after the donkeys in our care. Whether by donating, adopting a donkey, volunteering or just by spreading the word Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary will always be a safe and secure home for these wonderful animals.