Our volunteers help us in many important ways.

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 donkey encounters, 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.


Pace for the Donkeys 
Our 5th annual Race will be held this coming Sunday, September 24, 2017.  If you're interested in helping out on Race day, or with race set-up the day before, please register here:


Thanks very much for your interest - we hope to hear from you soon.

Special Volunteer Days (open to the public)

Open to the public! Fall Volunteer Day: Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 10 am until 2 pm (or longer).

Come help us to get the Sanctuary Farm ready for our winter Open Day Season! If you like to work outside and get your hands dirty, we have the jobs – cleaning windows, applying 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!




General Information About Volunteering:

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

Summer 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 27); Donkey Day (June 11) and PACE for the Donkeys 5k Trail Run and Walk (September 24).
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. Orientation session will be set for April 8, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm.

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

2017 Orientation Dates:

Spring Orientation: April 8  10 am to 2 pm (this orientation is now full)

Summer Orientation: August 26 10am to 2pm