Our volunteers help us in many important ways.

Donkey Day

Our biggest fundraiser, Donkey Day attracts 2000+ visitors every year. With so many visitors, we need all kinds of help with food, parking, tickets, donkey care and more. 

This year, we'll need help with: 
Donkey Day setup day: Saturday, June 10, 2017 – 9:30 am to 1pm. 

Donkey Day: Sunday, June 11, 2017 – 9:30 - 4:30 (snacks and drinks will be provided to volunteers)

Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER if you plan to volunteer. (If you can arrive by 8:00 am on Donkey Day that would be greatly appreciated.)

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.


Special Volunteer Days (open to the public)

Open to the public! Spring Volunteer Days: Saturday April 29 and Sunday April 30, 2017 - 10 am until 2 pm (or longer).

Come and help us to get the Sanctuary Farm ready for our Open Day Season! If you like to work outside and get your hands dirty, we have the jobs – cleaning windows, taking down snowfences, painting, cleaning up gardens 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!

Please contact volunteer@thedonkeysanctuary.ca or call 519.836.1697 if you plan to attend.

General Information About Volunteering:

Spring Orientation for DSC Volunteers:

Please sign up for our next orientation session. These weekend sessions plus 4 additional hands-on times scheduled over the spring and summer are required training to ensure you are ready to help care for, groom and lead donkeys. The other essential work to do 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)

Pace for the Donkeys
Our 5th annual Race will be held on Sunday September 24, 2017. The Run starts at 10:00 and we would need volunteers for that day to be here by 8 am to help with set up. If you are interested in helping out Race day please contact us at laura@thedonkeysanctuary.ca .

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