Donkey Sanctuary of Canada

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, Guelph: Address, Phone Number, Donkey Sanctuary of Canada Reviews: 4.5/5

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada
4.5
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Enjoy a day in the country. The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada is a lifelong home to over 70 donkeys, mules and hinnies that have been abused, neglected or are no longer wanted.We recently relocated the Long Ears Boutique so it is now closer to the parking lot. It is here that you will receive your safety talk before entering the donkeys world. Each year we strive to improve access to the animals and property. Two accessible parking spaces have been relocated to provide easier access to the Boutique and safety talk. In the new improved Boutique you can now use your debit cards to purchase your donkey memorbilia and cold drinks.All proceeds from the Boutique go to the care of the donkeys.Don't forget to visit the new Donkey Gallery where you will find the donkey profiles. If you decide you want to help care for the donkeys, you can fill out a sponsorship form for a minimum of $50/year. You can also give as a gift to someone who has everything.The interactive Learning Centre has lots of information for all ages...everything from books to bones. See how we treat an abscessed hoof. Find out what a slipper hoof is. Learn what food is best for donkeys. Hint: All hay is not created equal.From the Learning Centre pass through the barnyard gate where you can interact with the donkeys who love a good brush and scratch behind the ears.Your are invited to listen to one of three scheduled donkey talks. Learn about the challenges donkeys face in North America.Then make your way down to the century old barn that has been converted into the Treatment Centre and visit the main herd up at the new Donkey House....and don't forget to greet the mules before you make your way to the picnic area overlooking the pond.Finish up your day with a walk along the trails in the wetlands and woodlands.
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travelBUG1953
Brantford, Canada209 contributions
Hee Haw
Sep 2019
It's fun. it's educational, and they are helping these donkeys (etc) while all this is going on....I call it a win-win. No admission fee but they suggest a donation might be nice, and when you see all the good work that goes on, you'll want to reach deeper in your pockets.
Written 11 February 2020
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britinont
14 contributions
Everyone should visit the Donkey Sanctuary!
Jul 2019 • Couples
How lucky am I that I live so close to the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada? After the Australian bushfires and watching so much devastation on tv, this is the ideal place to visit...contribute $10 to the upkeep and welfare of these rescued and surrendered donkeys and mules...you will feel much better for it...faith in humanity restored after seeing how well cared for these animals are. We went in the summer...you get to pet them, brush their coats, and meet such a variety of donkeys and mules..all in a beautiful farm-like setting. Volunteers and staff clearly love their roles..a gem in Southern Ontario for sure!
Written 19 January 2020
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barbaraleachman1
Guelph, Canada3 contributions
Wonderful care for the donkeys; very educational place to visit
Jun 2019
I go to the Donkey Sanctuary regularly and have been a hands on volunteer in past years. Now I continue to donate to this wonderful sanctuary where there is top notch care for these amazing animals, too many of which have endured bad treatment in the past. I encourage people to go and be educated about these endearing creatures.

I have attended the sanctuary on my own, with friends and with groups.

The one thing that bothered me was that strollers were not allowed inside the sanctuary which makes it difficult for families with babies and young children. Having to carry them around in hot weather is very tiring.
Written 10 December 2019
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DayTrip24279495918
5 contributions
Donkey Heaven
Jun 2019
I've visited there twice and was impressed with what they have done to make the place absolute heaven for this animals. It is serene, and peaceful and a pleasure to visit. I loved the water and the way they have set things up. Great job!!
Written 7 September 2019
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ValsBagsRpacked
103 contributions
A wonderful place!
Sep 2019 • Friends
This was our first visit and I doubt it will be our last! The work being done here is very important and necessary! They do a great job of educating all their visitors so that we can leave with the knowledge to possibly help endangered donkeys. I was truly touched by the love and attention the volunteers gave to the animals. Which is why I will always support this sanctuary 😊
Written 4 September 2019
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hazelnut11
Oakville, Canada56 contributions
Supporting those who support the donkeys!
Aug 2019 • Family
This is a great place to visit! The volunteers are fabulous: They are very knowledgeable and willing to chat about the individual animals, by name and history, and the wonderful work done at the sanctuary. It was a fun and educational day for the whole family. Wear very comfortable shoes - quite uneven ground and a long walk from the far away parking lot ( - a bit far to walk, though very scenic.) Leave all food and water bottles in the car! (You cannot take them inside.) Bonus is a tax receipt for your donations - so be generous.
Written 2 September 2019
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sheriffCarter
Vancouver, Canada335 contributions
Could be better
Jul 2019
The place itself is fine for younger kids. They can take a look at all the donkeys and pet them a bit. There is not much to see except that.
What pissed me off about this place is that ridiculous rule they have that you can't bring any food AND water inside. You have to leave everything outside, even if you have small kids. What the hell is the reason for that? I would give my water to donkeys or something? Are they gonna die if they drink my water? Where does this come from? It's just donkeys, one of the most ordinary animals used for centuries. This is ridiculous.
Written 28 August 2019
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QKat91
Toronto, Canada20 contributions
Great day to learn about donkeys!
Aug 2019
My friends and I had recommendations for things to do in Guelph and the Donkey Sanctuary topped the list. It's a unique place to learn about donkeys and be informed about their lives in Canada. Really recommend it as a trip for friends and family. Very kid-friendly and also great for a relaxing and budget-friendly trip, not to mention very educational.

Written 26 August 2019
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Ontario_Voyager
Toronto16 contributions
A nice visit with friendly donkeys
Aug 2019
Located on about 100 acres, it is a pleasant way to spend a few hours. You get to mingle with a few donkeys that are in grassy area while they are feeding. Most animals are behind a fences but you can still pet them as most come near to munch on available grasses along the fence line.

There are about 90 donkeys to visit. There are four sizes:

Miniature: 30 – 36 inches.
Standard: 36 – 48 inches.
Large Standard: 48 – 54 inches.
Mammoth: 54 inches and over.

They have mammoth, standard and miniature donkeys. All are "pet-able". There is a gift shop with a variety of donkey-related items. Prices are high but keep in mind, it is also a donation.

Admission is free BUT they ask that you make a minimum $10 "donation" for each adult OR child.

Figure on about 2 hr. No food is allowed inside but they have about 6 picnic tables outside the enclosure beside a tree-lined pond. Nice and quiet.

You can also sponsor a donkey for a minimum $75 donation.
Written 20 August 2019
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Ted H
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
Hidden gem
Jul 2019 • Couples
Nice to see animals treated humanely with compassion. They (the donkeys and mules) appeared to welcome the attention being foisted upon them by the visiting guests.
Written 31 July 2019
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