The PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary

Photo Gallery of PrimRose and her friends:



PrimRose will be celebrating her 44th birthday this year! PrimRose is the namesake of the sanctuary and the first resident. She used to pull a cart at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto and was then shifted around from farm to farm for about five years. She has been with Sheila for 23 years - the one who started it all!





Now 22 years old, Sheila has had Ote since he was eight months old. Ote was companion to Gilly flower, who was Primrose's foal. Currently, he is the patriarch of the sanctuary, companion to PrimRose, and Sheila's confidante!





Almost 19 years old, Joey is our alpha. Before he found a home at PrimRose, his owners had beaten him with a baseball bat, tied him to a tree and left him there to starve. Goats who escaped from the same farm were found by a neighbour, and when she returned them, she found poor Joey. It took two months for him to trust people, but now he is an in-your-face alpha male! 



Patricia Rose 'Patsy'

Born at the Sanctuary to her rescued mother, Patsy is 21 years of age.  Patsy gradually went blind likely due to an infection from eating bad hay.  Today, she knows her way very well around the sanctuary! Recently she has a new friend and helper Jessie mini!

Beside her in this photo as in life was her loyal and dignified guardian, Amos.

(please see our In Memoriam page to learn more about Amos)  









Oliver and Mom Sally Ann

A pregnant Sally Ann was rescued from an auction by good friends of Sheila's. Sally Ann had painfully twisted, overgrown hooves. Her future that day was bleak; if not for the intervention of the Sanctuary. Oliver born two weeks after Sally's arrival and was a complete surprise. Oliver will be celebrating his 7th birthday this year on August 19th and is enjoying life with his mom at PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary.




Sarah Rose and Lilly

Lilly and her mom Sarah Rose were rescued with Robbie and his mom Emily. Lilly was covered in big round burs and only about 2 or 3 weeks old. Sarah Rose at 40 years old was really too old to have a baby.

We think Lily must have been born in a bur patch. Lily is almost as big as her mom at four years old and loves hugs and kisses. Sarah Rose is our oldest resident at 46 years of age.





Riley is a teenager who was very 'wild' when first arriving at PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary. He wanted to chase the other donkeys and not come near anyone to get any attention. He is a 'new and improved' donkey loving attention and not bothering the other donkeys (as much). Way to go Riley! 





Robbie is Emily's son and half brother to Christmas (next picture below). Robbie and his cousin Lily were covered in round burs and very thin when rescued in April 2012. Robbie and Oliver (who is Sally Ann's son) have become best friends.




Christmas and mom Emily

Emily arrived at PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary in early March 2012 with her baby Robbie and already expecting again. The very loved Christmas was born on Christmas day 2012. He is a very affectionate, sweet boy, never knowing abuse or neglect and very happy to be part of the PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary family.


 Charlie (in red halter) with his Angel's, Rosie, Tiana and Amelia Bedelia (in blue halter). These very sweet donkeys are miniature and quite small in size.


Suzie Q and mom Charisma

Charisma passed away from old age on Christmas day. She was over 45 old. Her daughter Susie Q has accepted this and has developed her own routine. She will be missed by daughter Susie Q, Sheila and volunteers. 


 Lucy May and Daisy June

Lucy May and Daisy June were rescued by Sheila along with another donkey and Patsy's mother Alice Bluegown. Lucy, Daisy and Pamela were under five months old. They were adopted out to a lovely couple, but returned due to moving issues. Both Lucy and Daisy are living back at the sanctuary.


Sadie who was living at PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary with her friend the very large Belgian horse Patrick, who has since passed away due to previous malnutrition and 400 pounds underweight.

Sadie is doing well without Patrick. She is now getting the nutrition she deserves.

  Jenny and Charlotte



Bobby-Joe and Mickey  

Gorgeous large mini and standard size donkeys. 

The very sweet Bobby-Joe loves you to talk to her and looks back with her gorgeous eyes and lovely long eyelashes.

Mickey is a stocky standard donkey with the softest muzzle who loves hugs and her nose rubbed.


 Marble and Sheeyore

These lovely ladies are both in their forties and will live the rest of their lives at PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary. 


  Moon and Star 


Sara mini

This Sara is a larger miniature donkey. Since we have two Saras/Sarahs, the other Sarah is a standard sized donkey. This very sweet girl is affectionately called Sara mini! 

 Oscar lives with his friend Junebug at PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary and is doing very well while recovering from his surgery to remove a huge tumour from his gum.