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Welcome to PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary! 
Sheila Burns - Founder, proprietor, but definitely not in charge!

Aggie and Sheila

We are dedicated to the rescue, protection, and rehabilitation of abused, neglected and unwanted donkeys, mules and hinnies. We also provide an information hoof-way to educate the public: a donkey is NOT a stubborn, dumb or viscous animal: but a stoic, loyal and very intelligent animal who will risk it's life to protect it's charges including humans. THANKS for visiting and donations are always very much appreciated!

Hours, curbside visits and personal tours

We are open for curbside visits Thursdays and Sundays 1-3pm. There will be volunteers there to tell you about our amazing animals and the sanctuary. You don't need to schedule a curbside visit, just show up!


Donations are GRATEFULLY accepted at the front gate donation box. If you'd like a tax receipt mailed to you, please leave your monetary donation in an envelope with your name and address. Have a look at the donkey ears on the fence for a reminder of social distancing. Here's a link to our location: 

We also offer personal tours Thursdays and Sundays 11am -12pm. $20 per person, including children. Tours to be scheduled in advance with Sheila by emailing her at

We care for our animals through donations and we thank you for your generosity.

Rest in Peace PrimRose. You will be greatly missed and never forgotten

Prim had lived her best life with Sheila for 27 years and knew how loved she was. PrimRose will be greatly missed and never forgotten. The namesake of PrimRose Donkey sanctuary passed away peacefully on February 1st in her 47th year. Prim was an amazing girl who was Sheila’s first donkey-the one that started it all! She was a wonderful ambassador for the sanctuary, visiting long term care residents, participating in parades and Easter services. She liked to wear her halter a little off to the side, her own fashion statement, such a special girl. Prim was also a very good sport, wearing her tiara and pearls for special occasions. 

Concerned about paying capital gains tax?

Consider an in-kind donation of publicly listed securities. When you transfer certain securities directly to PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary, a registered charity, you may eliminate the capital gains tax and you also receive a charitable donation receipt for the current market value of the gift which can be used to further reduce your income tax payable.

Note: This is for information purposes only and is not intended to be personal financial advice. Please consult with your financial advisor before making any decisions.

Please follow the link on our website for more information.

PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary Donations

We GRATEFULLY appreciate monetary donations to help with ongoing vet care, hoof care, food and supplies for the sanctuary. PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary is a registered charity! Tax receipts are available. 

Charitable donation #866707706RR0001

For further information please contact Sheila at

You may donate through our donations page, Canada Helps, or by etransfers to 

Of course I can also accept a cheque directly. Please mail cheques to 1296 Bowmanton Rd. RR #4 Roseneath, ON, Canada, K0K2X0 

Thank you, Sheila  

Please be aware of a gift card scam going on. PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary does not give out gift cards nor can they purchased. Always double check the email addresses as well. Scammers are very tricky and may add an extra letter to the email address, when read quickly looks authentic.

Thank you, Sheila and PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary.

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