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Set in 21 acres The Donkey Sanctuary at Leeds is a purpose built centre that offers donkey riding assisted therapy to children with additional needs and disabilities. Approx 190 children per week visit the centre for donkey riding therapy coming from schools in the North Yorkshire area, Bradford City Council and Leeds City Council. The therapy work we do with the children forms part of their school curriculum/OFSTED work. We also offer riding therapy on Thursday evenings and on Saturdays, this enables children to attend with their parents/carers.
In addition to the donkey riding therapy at the centre we take our donkeys to hospitals, hospices, care and nursing homes. Animal assisted therapy is greatly recognised in dementia homes as a fantastic stimulant to the brain.
We are also a visitor centre, open to anyone who wishes to visit and meet our donkeys and learn about their care and their history. As a branch of The Donkey Sanctuary, we give a loving home for life to donkeys that have been mistreated, abused and relinquished into our care. We have several centres throughout the UK located in Birmingham, Manchester, Plymouth, Devon, Derby, and also a centre in Belfast. We work all over the world people re-educating in donkey welfare with the aim of preventing suffering. We offer fun ‘i Love Donkey’ sessions in the school holidays to all children between the age of 5 to 12 years of age as well as a wide range of other seasonal activities.
We are open seven days per week, 10am – 3pm for visitors, offering refreshments from our cafe which has a five star food hygiene rating.
As a registered charity we receive no Central Government or local funding towards our work and we rely heavily on public support.
Official signage to our centre will hopefully play a major role in raising our profile and attract visitors to come along and support our work and help us to raise the vital funds we need to carry out our worthwhile work.
- Coach parties accepted
- Accepts groups
- Children welcome
- Smoking not allowed