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“A must for animal lovers”

Donkey Sanctuary of Canada
Ranked #2 of 40 things to do in Guelph
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Enjoy a day in the country. The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada is a lifelong home to over 70 donkeys, mules and hinnies that have been abused, neglected or are no longer wanted.We recently relocated the Long Ears Boutique so it is now closer to the parking lot. It is here that you will receive your safety talk before entering the donkeys world. Each year we strive to improve access to the animals and property. Two accessible parking spaces have been relocated to provide easier access to the Boutique and safety talk. In the new improved Boutique you can now use your debit cards to purchase your donkey memorbilia and cold drinks.All proceeds from the Boutique go to the care of the donkeys.Don't forget to visit the new Donkey Gallery where you will find the donkey profiles. If you decide you want to help care for the donkeys, you can fill out a sponsorship form for a minimum of $50/year. You can also give as a gift to someone who has everything.The interactive Learning Centre has lots of information for all ages...everything from books to bones. See how we treat an abscessed hoof. Find out what a slipper hoof is. Learn what food is best for donkeys. Hint: All hay is not created equal.From the Learning Centre pass through the barnyard gate where you can interact with the donkeys who love a good brush and scratch behind the ears.Your are invited to listen to one of three scheduled donkey talks. Learn about the challenges donkeys face in North America.Then make your way down to the century old barn that has been converted into the Treatment Centre and visit the main herd up at the new Donkey House....and don't forget to greet the mules before you make your way to the picnic area overlooking the pond.Finish up your day with a walk along the trails in the wetlands and woodlands.
Reviewed 8 April 2012

We love going out to the Donkey Sanctuary. There is a fee-by-donation to get in, but it's well worth the $10-$20 you may drop in the box. Children can pet the donkeys and other animals, and it's just a place where you feel so relaxed. We can easily spend an hour or two there, just forgetting about life off the farm.

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Ruth G, Manager at Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2012

We are glad you were able to forget the outside world during your visit. Donkeys have a way of helping us with balance and perspective. The wetland and woodland walks are also another way to enjoy what the Sanctuary has to offer, not to mention a chance for good old fashioned picnic. We have seen some really awesome food on those picnics. Takes me back to when I was a kid having family picnics in the Niagara Parks.

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Reviewed 29 March 2012

Fun and educational day. Learned a lot about the donkeys. The kids will enjoy it.

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Ruth G, Manager at Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2012

Glad you enjoyed your visit Parilla. Come again sometime. The donkeys enjoy interacting with visitors.

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Reviewed 29 March 2012

It's nice to see donkeys getting their due! Restful, peaceful, idealistic... a great place to visit if you love animals.

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Reviewed 4 March 2012

Besides providing a wonderful, safe home for these donkeys, the Sanctuary is a quiet, restful place for a family to experience a up close experience with these gentle animals. Great outing for 'city kids' to get a feel for the farm! So impressed, our family 'adopted' a donkey!

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