The Sanctuary is based between Shanklin and Ventnor on the road to Wroxall. It began in 1987 with a single donkey, Dillon. It became a registered charity in 1991 and moved to the current location in 1993. Since then it has continued to grow, rescuing more donkeys, building new barns and field shelters and converting a barn into a new cafe, with more plans for the future.
The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary currently has 113 donkeys, 1 mule and 22 ponies, all of whom are either rescued or abandoned. They are given a ‘forever home’ in 55 acres of countryside where they get first class care and welfare
Over 50 volunteers support the staff at the Sanctuary to ensure that the donkeys ‘want for nothing’.
The Sanctuary is a free entry, free parking site with a gift shop and a cafe. It survives because of the goodwill of supporters, visitors and people who adopt donkeys or buy products in the shop and cafe.
At The Price Is Wight our mission has always been about bringing family, friends and colleagues together to enjoy new and incredible experiences.
We also want to make sure that those who need it most also benefit. Big, multi-national charities are important, but we want to help on a local level, and make sure that smaller, Island charities get the support and publicity they need.
Together, we can all make a huge difference to the communities we live and work in.