Our volunteers help us in many important ways.

Community Volunteer Days - April 28 & 29

Open to the public! Spring Volunteer Day: April 28 & 29 - 10 am until 2 pm (or longer).

Help prepare the Sanctuary Farm  for our spring Open Day Season! If you like to work outside and get your hands dirty, we have the jobs – cleaning windows, taking down snowfences, cleaning up trail areas and more. Snacks and drinks will be provided and please bring your own lunch. We have basic tools and work gloves. Children 8 or older, accompanied by adults, are welcome. Fun on the farm!


Donkey Day 2018 - Committee

We're looking for volunteers to help organize our biggest event of the year - Donkey Day! The following committee positions are available. If you're interested in participating as a committee member, please contact laura@thedonkeysanctuary.ca.

Current Available Positions:

The Communications and Promotions Lead is responsible for local media relations, and distribution of promotional materials. This lead seeks innovative ways to garner media attention and market the event. 

The Sponsorship Lead is responsible for the recruitment of and maintenance of local sponsors for the event. This includes garnering both sponsorship dollars, in-kind services and gifts-in-kind. This Lead is also responsible for working with regional and national sponsor’s local representatives to ensure their needs and contractual obligations are met.

 The Signage Lead is responsible for all onsite signage. This includes ensuring that the event has proper and signs including gate signage, directional and both signage, and health and safety signage in accordance with Wellington County Health & Safety codes. The signage lead will work with DSC staff to print extra signage as needed.


Open Day Volunteers

The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada is open to the public from 10am - 3pm on Sundays in May through October, and Wednesdays in July and August.

We are currently in need of volunteers to help with parking, and pond and trail safety. If you are able to assist at any of our Open Days, please register your name and contact information for the role and dates that you are available.


General Information About Volunteering:

Nielsen Volunteers 
Our thanks to the Nielsen Volunteers (above) who were a great group of help last May!

Orientation for DSC Volunteers:

Please sign up for our next orientation session. A one day training course, plus four additional hands-on times scheduled throughout the spring and summer are required to ensure you are ready to help care for, groom and lead donkeys. The other essential work to be done in the barnyard is cleaning – ensuring a healthy, hygienic environment for the donkeys and visitors.  
We are also very much in need of more volunteers to help with our Open Days (Sundays from May through October) plus Wednesdays in July and August only, 10-3, as well as our 3 major events: Donor Appreciation Day (May 26); Donkey Day (June 10) and PACE for the Donkeys 5k Trail Run and Walk (September 23).
Duties include helping manage crowds and ensuring people follow barnyard rules, answering questions, assisting with parking, and being good ambassadors of the Donkey Sanctuary. Our volunteers are the first thing people mention when they do reviews on Trip Advisor, etc. because they consistently are so friendly, compassionate, and clearly committed to the donkeys!

After the weekend orientation session, you will schedule your barn training over next while. We ask that you come and volunteers for as many open days as you are able to do and one of our major events (or more if that’s possible!). As said, we need the help and you will get an amazingly broad view of the Sanctuary and its supporters by participating. Also you will be mentored by our longer-term volunteers and learn a lot about our own donkeys and this ‘forgotten equine’ in general.

Full training is provided and mandatory. 

Please join our amazing team of dedicated volunteers who make this place such a special haven for donkeys – and for our visitors.

To register please contact volunteer@thedonkeysanctuary.ca

2018 Orientation Dates:

Spring Orientation: April 7, 2018  10 am to 2pm (full)

Summer Orientation: TBD