Donkey Sanctuary of Canada – DONKEY DAY! – June 10, 2012

          DONKEY DAY! JUNE 10, 2012

The Canadian Horse Defence Coalition is proud to help promote The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada located in Puslinch, ON.

Here are some highlights of their beautiful story.  

Although the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada was incorporated in August, 1992, the idea for it began many years before with the dreams of a young girl. When Sandra Pady encountered working animals languishing in fields, in debilitating cold or sweltering heat, lacking food, water, and shelter, she became obsessed with the animals’ welfare. Told by her parents that animals did not have souls and therefore did not suffer – a belief that, unfortunately, is held by many to this day – Sandra was unable to reconcile her parents’ convictions with her own.

It wasn’t until many years later, when Sandra and her husband, David Pady, purchased a 100 acre farm outside of Guelph, Ontario, that she could make her dream of rescuing animals a reality.

 Sandra’s first opportunity to rescue a donkey came unexpectedly. A neighbouring farmer had bought a donkey to guard a herd of goats. When the little donkey proved to be an ineffective guardian, the farmer saw no use for him and confined him to a stall, where he remained, lonely and despondent.

When Sandra learned about the donkey, she arranged to purchase him. Thus, Sebastian became the first donkey to be rescued by what was to become the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada (DSC). He was not, however, to be the last.

 Shortly after, she was informed about nine donkeys slated for an equine auction. When Sandra was told that these donkeys would be sold to a slaughterhouse if no other buyer appeared, she took them in as well. 

DONKEY DAY is fast approaching – this year it will be held on Sunday, June 10th from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  Once again, there will be activities for all and of course the main attraction: the donkeys and mules!  

Some of the activities you will enjoy: Visit with over 60 donkeys & mules; Partners in Care Demonstrations; Learning Centre; New Donkey House; Donkey ‘n U Photo; Paint the Donkey/Name the Donkey Contest; Celtic Harpist – Loril Shannik; Displays; Wagon Rides; Donkey Market Place; Long Ears Boutique

Great Food – Licks, Ken’s Chuck Wagon, Mango Chutney, Tim Horton’s, Cold Stone Creamery, Fresh Popcorn, Snow Cones, Candy Floss

Admission: $10 adults, $5 children (3-18)

For more information Visit

Thank you DSC for all you do to help “the forgotten equine” and as well for your support of Bill C-322.  Sadly, the CHDC has evidence of their demise in Canadian slaughter plants along with the horse.  So, it is wonderful when equine welfare join hands.


 Wishing you a fabulous day! 


  1. Love the story and love the donkeys, horses and mules.

  2. It is so nice to know that there are people out there like Sandra who care about the welfare of donkeys. We have a donkey named Jake. He was destined for lion food at the zoo when Bunny brought him home. Donkeys are such characters & a real joy to have around. Our guy is a very easy keeper & loves our pony Lily!



  4. What a pleasure to see, maybe one day i can do the same, i am working on it. Thanks for a nice story.

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