Volunteering and fundraising

Volunteering & Fundraising

One of the most valuable things of all…. Your time!

Volunteering your time is both a rewarding and enjoyable thing to do. There are so many aspects to creating a safe and comfortable life for these lovely animals. Grooming their coats, Cleaning out feet, Mucking out shelters, Pooh picking fields are just some of the daily tasks that need to be done. But even the not so pleasant tasks seem enjoyable when you have the donkeys around you.
You don’t need qualifications to help keep the donkeys healthy we can show you what to do and help make it a rewarding experience for both you and the animals.
Donkeys are careful and sensitive creatures and may take a little while to accept and trust you, but when they do they appreciate what you do for them, but more than that they give you in return a warm sense of wellbeing and an inner calmness.


We also need volunteers to help raise funds!
The need for funds is endless, and we rely on the kind support of the public to raise what is required. It currently cost in excess of £100,000 a year to keep the sanctuary running on a maintenance level which can soon escalate when a donkey needs extra special care!

With your help we can achieve so much – without it we will struggle!

Open Day Help

Can you help on our many open days?
Open days a re great opportunity for visitors to see the donkeys we have a team of volunteers to help ensure their visit is both safe and enjoyable. In addition to the daily husbandry of the animals other tasks include, Car Park Attendant, Meet and Greeters, Paddock Supervisors, Tea Trailer Operators, Chatting to the Visitors, all of which done with a friendly manner and a smile.

Open days are broken down into four main shifts:

Shift One: 6.00 – 10.30 Yard duties and open day set up

Shift Two: 10.30 – 12.30 Visitor related tasks, ongoing animal care.

Shift Three: 12.30 – 2.30 Visitor related tasks, ongoing animal care.

Shift Four: 2.30 – 6.00 Visitor related tasks, ongoing animal care. Open day dismantle, night time yard duties.

Please send all completed volunteer application forms to sanctuary@haylingislanddonkeys.co.uk

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