The Donkey Sanctuary was founded as a charity in 1969, by Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE. She dedicated her life to champion donkeys, and it is only through her amazing devotion that the Sanctuary grew to the international charity it is today.
Dr Svendsen founded The Donkey Sanctuary out of her deep love and compassion for abused, neglected and abandoned donkeys everywhere, after finding seven donkeys in a terribly poor state at Exeter market. She tried to buy the donkey in the worst condition, without success, and from that moment on, decided that she would dedicate her life to saving donkeys in distress.
Dr Svendsen died peacefully on Wednesday 11th May 2011 after a stroke, with family and her lifelong friend June Evers by her bedside. She was 81 years old.
The Donkey Sanctuary supports projects in 27 countries worldwide. Every day the Sanctuary helps sick, unwanted and hardworking donkeys, and the people who rely on them, thanks to incredible donations.
Find more information at The Donkey Sanctuary
**I am not affiliated with The Donkey Sanctuary. This is with hope of more happy donkeys out there.**