Our volunteers help us in many important ways.

Special Volunteer Days (open to the public)
Open to the public! Fall Volunteer Days: Sunday November 13, 2016 - 10 am until 2 pm (or longer).

Come and help us to get the Sanctuary Farm ready for Winter! If you like to work outside and get your hands dirty, we have the jobs – putting up snowfences, tree removal, mulching, decorating and wreath making and more. Snacks and drinks will be provided and please bring your own lunch. We have basic tools and work gloves but if you have tools that can assist in the chores listed below, please bring them along. Children 8 or older, accompanied by adults, are welcome. Fun on the farm!

  • clean up two downed trees on north lawn (staff will cut up trees on the Sunday prior)
  • put up snow fencing       
  • stack, store and repair picnic tables
  • put up Christmas decor for our special holiday season Open Days (pulling vines, making wreaths, hanging decorations and lights etc.) 
  • weed removal (we have a considerable amount of buckthorn growing along our laneway, and vines growing in our Norway Spruces)

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 28); 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 two weekend orientation sessions, 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 sessions will be set for April (dates TBD). Both days need to be attended.

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:

To be announced. Please check back - we're just finalizing our 2017 dates. 

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 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 contact volunteer@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 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. 

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