As a nation of animal lovers, a visit to the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is surely on everyone’s wish list this year! It’s a wonderful place with a simple purpose; to provide a safe, happy, and permanent home for donkeys that have been previously neglected or abandoned. 97 donkeys and 26 ponies currently share 55 acres of lovely countryside.

The sanctuary is year-round attraction and is open from 10am until 4.30pm every day (weather permitting) except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. You are welcome to bring your dog with you as long as they are well-behaved (and the same goes for children!).

If you’re not able to travel to the Isle of Wight, there are still ways you can support the Donkey Sanctuary. The best way is to ‘adopt’ a donkey by browsing the photo gallery on their website and choosing which one you’d like to support (warning – you may experience cuteness overload reading their profiles!). By paying a yearly fee you’ll get an adoption pack and regular newsletters.

At the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, they have a lovely saying: ‘It is not just what we do for our donkeys, but what our donkeys do for people.’ Donkeys are very sociable creatures and enjoy spending time with humans, so they are the perfect choice to use for animal therapy.

Did you know that donkeys are very intelligent and have excellent memories? They live for up to 50 years and can recognize other donkeys from decades ago. Perhaps the phrase should be ‘a donkey never forgets’ rather than an elephant! Pound for pound they are stronger than horses and were used by the early Egyptians to transport precious metals across Africa.

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