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.
It was a day of firsts for many of the hundreds of visitors who attended Donkey Welfare With Heart open day and official opening on Sunday, September 30. A total of 356 people passed thought the gates to witness first hand the dedication, devotion and hard work of all at The Heartland – a home…Read More
Donkeys are naturally loving and soothing animals and everyone who meets a rescue donkey feels an instant connection with these gentle equines. Donkey Welfare With Heart will give all members of the community a chance to meet and hug a rescue donkey at our first open day at The Heartland on Sunday, September 30. The…Read More
Just a selection of colourful donkey names at our Heartland property. And as any devoted donkey volunteer knows, the donkey’s names and personalities are as varied and different as their body types and it is essential to know them all. During one of our daily visits, we had one volunteer crying with laughter at the…Read More
DWWH intensive care unit is once again fully operational thanks to generous community donations and support from local businesses. Back in April, a wind storm caused a huge gum tree to crash into our intensive care shed and yards which were severely damaged and narrowly missing donkeys Joseph and George. PRD Nationwide Hunter came to…Read More
The Heartland’s older donkeys are enjoying a bright new shelter which offers protection from cold and the elements this winter. The shelter is called Billie’s Barn and was constructed thanks to a donation from Billie Mayson-Kinder’s family charity called Fly High Billie Foundation, and other generous donations. Sadly, Billie, a champion show jumper and horse…Read More
DWWH hospital and intensive care unit at Bishops Bridge suffered major damage in a wind storm on April 15. A five tonne gum tree crashed onto sheds and stockyards sheltering Joseph and George at the time. The terrified donkeys are lucky to be alive after the massive tree fell onto their enclosures. Both donkeys are…Read More
Donkey Welfare With Heart recommends donkey colts be castrated by a veterinarian. The surgical procedure involves sedating the donkey, then preparing him for the operation that does not take long. Afterwards, the donkey awakes, rises to his feet and is observed closely for 24 hours to ensure normal post operative swelling and draining of the…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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