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Our mission is to provide short-term direct care for lost, mistreated, orphaned, homeless, sick, injured and/or neglected donkeys and rehabilitate them, with the aim of finding suitable new homes.

Setting the standard in donkey welfare with unbeatable skill and practice since 1977, Donkey Welfare With Heart Inc provides support, guidance, assistance and intervention for every donkey we are alerted to that is not living an acceptable life. We provide shelter and sanctuary, medical and veterinary care and other donkey companionship for distressed and ailing donkeys.

Straw is an essential

Why straw is an essential

Straw is an essential addition to a donkey’s diet. It provides coarse fibre, roughage and bulk that is needed for digestion and dietary balance for good health and weight control. Straw is the ideal accompaniment to grassy pasture. The chewing of straw ensures the dental requirements of the donkey are challenged, helping to maintain their…

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Say Hello to Jackson

Jackson is a 16 year old miniature gelding. He was homeless, hard to catch, fearful of humans with loud voices, aggressive body language, leadropes and halters. He was a nervous little donkey. DWWH collected him and provided specialised daily attention to ensure he had a good new start in a new place, so his future…

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Happy New Year

Help is always just a phone call away at Donkey Welfare With Heart. A donkey owner was distraught upon discovering his beloved donkey bogged and suffocating in the mud in the farm dam at dawn. (The drought has impacted upon the water volume of the dam hence the bogging of the animal.) DWWH was contacted…

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You Scratch My Back, I’ll Scratch Yours!

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Una (left) Dr Gelderman and Ikarumba

UNA update

This week during 40-year-old Una’s grooming session we noticed an abdominal oedema, approximately the size of a saucer. Veterinary consultation was requested. DWWH Veterinarian, Dr Gelderman, examined Una noting she has a normal heart beat and respiratory rate, good hydration, ideal body condition and strong well trimmed hooves. We could confirm her appetite was normal…

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Lisa's shows her beautiful face now minus the swelling and pain.


MONA and LISA have splendidly progressed after Veterinary consultations, dental care, hoof x-rays and examinations, and courses of prescribed medications. They had six weeks in intensive care, a month in high dependency, and finally a 5-day-stay in the observation area, when they no longer required medications. A change in diet (that included withdrawing apples and…

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A portrait of two lost donkeys

A portrait of two lost donkeys

The latest rescues are two jennies in their twenties. Mona and Lisa roamed hundreds of acres for 25 years unattended, unhandled, suffering hoof disorders, hoof overgrowth and pain. DWWH was contacted by  new, near neighbours who were concerned by the absentee owner’s lack of care. We captured the jennies twice a year during the past…

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