About the DSC


Since 1992, the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada has provided a lifelong home – and haven – to unwanted, neglected or abused donkeys, mules and hinnies. There are currently over 90 donkeys and mules at the Sanctuary Farm, and 40 more in our approved Foster Farm network.

We envision a world in which the dignity and worth of all creatures is recognized and respected.

Currently, the DSC is funded entirely through private individual donations and community and corporate sponsorships of special events.

The DSC is open to the public every Sunday, May through October, from 10 am to 4 pm (except on PACE Day – the DSC will be closed for the race until noon) and on Wednesdays in July and August from 10am to 4pm.

Come for a visit! Entry is by donation. You can visit with the animals, picnic by the pond, groom a donkey, and feel the Zen.

Donkey Facts

A group of donkeys is called a pace; hence PACE for the Donkeys seemed a worthy name for a 5K run devoted to helping these wonderful animals.

Donkeys are not native to Canada. Yet thousands have found their way here and require special care in this wet, cold climate.

Donkeys are part of the equine family, which also includes horses and zebras.

Female donkeys are called jennies (or jennets) and males are called jacks.

Donkeys can live for 30-50 years in captivity (about 10 to 25 years in the wild). This could explain the phrase “Donkeys Years”.

One theory about why donkeys have large ears is that they help keep them cool. Another theory is that those large ears make a far-away bray much easier to hear.

Donkeys hav an incredible memory – they can remember places and companions for up to 25 years.

For thousands of years donkeys have been the ‘helping hooves’ of humankind – they are the original beasts of burden.

Donkeys are stoic, rarely showing pain. They are curious, gentle, calm and friendly creatures.

The DSC is a not-for-profit licensed charity. Charitable Number: 138721253 RR0001