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Tucked away in the delightful Durham countryside, you will find the Durham Donkey Rescue. The rescue comprises of a small herd of donkeys who live in over 120 acres of sprawling greenery.

There are a multitude of reasons as to why donkeys are safely rehomed here. From abuse, neglect or inadequate care – no donkey in need would ever be turned away. Therefore, if you do visit the rescue, you should not reach out to the donkeys without permission from the rescue team. This is because the donkeys may be nervous around strangers.

It is important to note that the rescue is not a visitor centre. However, the rescue hopes to organise small group visits in the future. Please check their social media or website for more information.

Individuals are permitted to stop by the Durham Donkey Rescue to donate supplies. Though you should ring beforehand to arrange a donation collection time. You can donate supplies such as haylage, although bed shavings are especially appreciated.

Fancy extending your visit? You can book a stay here at the rescue! Donkey lovers can stay in a quaint self-catering shepherd’s hut (pictured above) overlooking the rescue. By staying here, you help to support the work the rescue does. This is because the proceeds are used to buy necessary supplies and cover costs associated with caring for the donkeys. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Q Does the Durham Donkey Rescue accept all types of donations?

The Durham Donkey Rescue welcomes all forms of donations! Bed shavings are very much appreciated, but fresh produce and even cash donations are also very welcome.

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