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“One of a kind”

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada
Ranked #2 of 59 things to do in Guelph
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Take the tour and learn how different donkeys are from horses. This sanctuary is for retired and abused donkeys. People treat donkeys as if the were horses, and so they are subject to a lot of abuse because they are very different from horses. They can breed with horses though, each blend quite different, depending which male and female species is in involved. Donkeys originated in Africa, horses in Asia. Donkeys eat straw, horses hay. Donkeys get very sick on a horse's diet. To my knowledge this is the only donkey sanctuary in North America. It used to be a closely guarded secret, but now you can visit any day of the week. I have no idea who funds them, but they have several hundred acres of rolling farmland just outside of Guelph. I've been there twice. It's mostly families who visit. The parking is free. I think there is a minimal entrance fee. The young children seemed to have a lot of fun there. I'm a biologist so I found the difference between horses and donkeys quite fascinating. Donkeys are very subject to abuse, because most owners don't appreciate that.

4  Thank Ian C
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a great place to take a family. It is educational and shows what can be done to help abandoned animals. You need to check the hours of operation, but well worth the effort.

1  Thank Sharon C
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

My wive loves donkeys, so we've been back here a few times. It's a beautiful setting and a great place to expose children to a farm setting and the problems that some neglected farm animals endure. Admission is free, but everyone is encouraged to donate something to help cover food costs. Or you can make your donation in carrots which the donkeys love to eat. The sanctuary has seen several improvements over recent years which helps both the donkeys and the visitors enjoyment level. Worth a visit if your in the area.

2  Thank PinebrookCalgary
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

Good Afternoon, Everyone!

My girlfriend and I visited this wonderful sanctuary on September 29th, 2013 on the edge of Guelph, Ontario. Though it was a bit tricky to get to, we were glad we were there, because the experience is one that will be with us for a long time. The donkeys were many and adorable, with many coming from heartbreaking histories of neglect or abuse. All of them were friendly, allowing us to pet them, and the staff there were so kind and knowledgeable. At 2:30pm we stayed for a 15 minute information session about donkeys and how they are different in the equine family.

At the end of our afternoon there, I ended up sponsoring Amigo, while my girlfriend sponsored Sergent.

We will definitely be back to this wonderful place for many many years to come.

3  Thank Managerofthenight
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

This attraction is a way off the radar but so worth the effort of finding it. Only 6-8 minutes from the south end of Guelph, this operation is only open to the public two days a week through the summer. That's because it's mainly a volunteer operation and is absolutely dedicated to rehabilitating abandoned donkeys. There are over 60 on site as I write this.

The staff are tremendously helpful and really know their donkeys. As you get up close to them you'll fall in love with these gentle animals.

Admission is by donation. Count on $10 for adults, $5 for seniors/children although you'll want to give more I'm sure after you spend time with them.

They have an excellent website that gives background and has pictures of all their donkeys.

Truly a hidden nugget of attraction that's absolutely a delight for young and old.

2  Thank Phil036
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