Providing sanctuary for life to any donkey or mule in need

Welcome to the Donkey Sanctuary (Cyprus) website

Thank you for taking the time to visit our site, learn about our work and, of course, learn about donkeys! I do hope you enjoy the site and will be able to support the work we do here in Cyprus.

We have tried to make the site as easy as possible to navigate. On the left hand side you will find all the information relating to our work and on the right, ways that you can help us. Your visit to this site means a lot to me and if you can make a small donation before you leave it really will make such a difference to our work. We rely almost entirely on donations to care for our donkeys and to help many other donkeys in Cyprus.

If you have any suggestions for improving this site or do not find what you are looking for, please leave a comment for us as we need all the feedback and help we can get.

If you would like to keep up to date with work at Donkey Sanctuary (Cyprus), and you have not already done so, why not join our mailing list? We send four e-newsletters a year or two postal newsletters to our supporters who prefer this method.

Judy Welsman
European Welfare and Administration Manager

Over 20,000 get on board with The Donkey Sanctuary Take STEPS Santorini campaign

Santorini Donkeys

Since launching a petition earlier this year to improve the extremely poor working conditions for donkeys and mules working in the tourist industry on the island of Santorini in Greece, The Donkey Sanctuary UK and it’s subsidiaries, have accumulated over 20,000 signatures from supporters.

The campaign has already attracted considerable support from a number of important bodies, including the European Union, who endorse our recommendations for urgent improvements.

Peropalo Festival 2014: Another year of suffering

Peropalo festival 2014: Another year of suffering

The Donkey Sanctuary has been strongly campaigning to end the use of a donkey in the Peropalo festival in Villanueva de la Vera, Spain since 1986. This tradition centres around a donkey being taken through the narrow village streets being ridden and led through drunk crowds who also fire shotguns and bang drums next to the animal.

Little Helena playing around


€1 Keeps Our Little Girl Happy

Although we put our foal, Helena, in with our oldies group a month ago to learn a bit more about being a donkey, at five months old she still has a lot of energy to burn off. A trip to the shop and €1 later, we put two cheap balls into the paddock to see if she would be interested in playing with them.

Anna & Malou, a strong bond

Anna & Malou side by side

Did you know that like humans, donkeys can bond with each other? Well, this is very true as during our Outreach visit this year, we found out about the bond between two donkeys, Anna and Malou.

This year, when we were planning our Outreach visits, we included the two donkeys in our programme. So, on 3rd of July 2013 we visited them both.

The owner bought Malou four years ago as a pet, and two years later bought Anna.

Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani

We think you’ll all agree that Giorgio Armani is a very handsome lad. Giorgio was his original name and he is 20 years old. Once a working donkey, he had later been taken on by a lady as a pet and friend to her rescue horse. Unfortunately her circumstances changed and she had to find new homes for both animals and contacted us asking if we could take Giorgio as she had found a home for her horse.

On average donkeys in our care

Number of outreach donkeys treated in 2013


A sad ending
Sadly we see a lot of donkeys with overgrown feet many of whom have and will come to us eventually.

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