Our volunteers help us in many important ways.

Through their generous contributions of time and talents, DSC volunteers help with:

  • barnyard and paddock cleanup, (poop picking – an essential role here)
  • animal care such as grooming (e.g.hoof picking, brushing, putting on fly ointment)
  • barn chores as required by barn staff, (e.g. filling water troughs, cleaning barns, washing containers, interacting with the public by answering questions and assisting visitors in other ways on our Open Days (Wednesdays and Sundays, May through October).

This is physical labour and requires stamina and elbow grease! It’s wonderful work, and a delight to be around curious, gentle donkeys and mules (after you’ve been trained!). But it does take some muscle – and no fear of getting your hands – or clothes – dirty.

Our volunteers also help with our largest fundraising events - Donkey Day and Pace for the Donkeys, and outside community events when the donkeys are taken offsite to visit. Event duties include helping with parking, booths, set up and take down, cleanup, giving directions, answering questions, and much more. So, if you're at least 16 years of age, and interested in volunteering, read on for more about the ways you can help.

Training: Each volunteer is asked to attend an orientation session, followed by a specialized training session. Contact volunteer@thedonkeysanctuary.ca for more information about registering for one of our sessions. The sessions are usually for 4 hours and are held on Saturdays.

2014 Orientation & Training Dates will be posted as soon as possible.
Spring Orientation:
March 15 and 22, 2014 (Full)
Summer Orientation: July 19 and 26, 2014 (Full)
Fall Orientation: Oct 18 and 25, 2014 (Full)  

We'll train you in the fine art of donkey care, and you'll have the opportunity to share in a world that is far far away from your daily concerns.

Special Volunteers' Day (open to the public)
Open to the public! We're having another Volunteers’ Day in 2014 to help prepare the Farm for Winter: Saturday, November 8.

All are welcome – be prepared for hard physical work (recommended minimum age is 16 ). On the day there is always much to get done, which may include, repairing and cleaning the barn and the trails, rock picking, moving tables, putting up snow fences and building benches.

The hours are 10:00 am - 3:00 pm – please bring your own lunch. Snacks and drinks are provided. Please wear old clothes, boots, and bring work gloves. Rain or shine, warm or cool, we'll be out there – and we hope you will be, too.

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

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 on:
Donkey Day setup day: Saturday June 7, 2014 – 9:30 am to 1pm.
Donkey Day: Sunday June 8, 2014 – 9:30 - 4:30 (lunch will be provided to volunteers)

Please contact ruth@thedonkeysanctuary.ca if you plan to attend. (If you can arrive by 8:00 am on Donkey Day that would be greatly appreciated.)

Pace for the Donkeys
Our 2nd annual Race will be held on Sunday September 28, 2014. 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 ruth@thedonkeysanctuary.ca.

If any of these volunteering opportunities appeal to you, please email volunteer@thedonkeysanctuary.ca (other than the events) or call 519-836-1697, and we can tell you more, and get you started.

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