A place to call home

EARS Donkey Sanctuary near Greyton is home to 22 permanent donkey residents and a fluid number of horses under temporary medical care. The sanctuary is managed by Penny James, who has many years’ experience with horses, supported by a handful of volunteers.

We also have a shop in the centre of Greyton where we sell gently worn items, the proceeds of which are ploughed back into the sanctuary. As a registered NPO we rely heavily on donations to continue our rescue and rehabilitation work.

EARS Donkey Sanctuary
EARS Donkey Sanctuary

What we do

EARS Donkey Sanctuary


Historically, donkeys are ‘beasts of burden’ used to pull laden carts or ploughs and carry people. Unfortunately, because they’re hardy and strong, they’re often overworked, neglected or abused. EARS has the magisterial authority to remove these donkeys from their abusive owners. We offer these animals retirement at our Sanctuary where they can live out their days in peace and comfort.​

EARS Donkey Sanctuary


In addition to our rescue donkeys, EARS works closely with local equine owners whose animals require medication, wound dressing or veterinary care. This is done either on site (at the owner’s home) or, if medical care is for an extended period, at our Sanctuary.

EARS Donkey Sanctuary


The best way to improve owner care is through education. Few owners are deliberately cruel to their equines and by working with them to understand an equine’s physical and physiological needs, we believe we can help reduce incidences of abuse and neglect.​

Adopt a donkey

Our ‘adopt a donkey’ programme offers you the chance to ‘adopt’ one of our Sanctuary donkeys either for yourself, or as a gift for a child or friend. ​

For R1200 a year, or R100 a month, you get to choose your donkey (we can choose one for you if you can’t get to the Sanctuary) and receive a personalised adoption certificate with your donkey’s photo and the adoptee’s name.​

All of our donkeys have interesting stories, and all are such delightful characters so every quarter every adoptive parent will also receive a newsletter about their donkey.​

This is a great gift for someone who has everything, or for a child who loves animals.

Other ways to help