Welcome to the

Donkey and Mule Protection Trust

Improving the lives of donkeys and mules in New Zealand

Our aim is to provide information, advice, support, education, rehabilitation and rehoming for donkeys and mules across New Zealand

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News and messages from our donkey supporting community!

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Good morning all! 😗😗

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Someone loves his farrier

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Wonder if the farrier feels like someone is breathing down his neck!

Gosh how cute! What are the chances of Gable doing that one day??!! Slim I’d say.

Farriers- worth their weight in gold!


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Santo and Mickey waiting for the farrier

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So sweet 🥰

Lovely photo 🥰🥰

S/he can't be farr away.

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Role of the Trust

Rescue and Rehabilitation

This is when the animal is uplifted and, either temporarily or for the long term, is in the care of a guardian.

Donkeys and mules may be relinquished into the care of the Trust when an owner can no longer care for their animal and wants to ensure it goes to a good home.  They are uplifted by the Trust and put into the care of a guardian.

The Trust raises money to support this work by providing funds for transport, farriers, dental work, gelding and any other costs associated with the rehabilitation of the donkey.

This is where most of your donations go. 


There are several levels of outcomes for the donkeys/mules:

Rehome Youngsters

A youngster with no obvious problems can be rehomed.

Rehome mature animals

Mature and well behaved with no obvious problems can be rehabilitated and rehomed.

Suitable for rehoming with knowledgeable home only

Some health problems, but possible to be placed in a suitable and knowledgeable home.


In some cases, the animal due to health or behavioural issues may remain at the rehoming centre for the long term and the Trust will seek sponsorship from supporters to cover the main costs of caring for the animal. This is a recent initiative and has been very successful.

Under no circumstances to be rehomed

Severe problems because of severe health problems or dangerous. In these cases the rehoming centre may have to make the decision to euthanise the animal.

All illustrations are the work of Pauline Sainsbury, Mamaku Donkey RRC & Sanctuary

It doesn’t stop there…

Care and Support

Information and Advice

The Trust also has a role in educating owners and potential owners of their responsibilities when owning donkeys/mules. Raising awareness of the unique nature of donkeys and mules is a critical part of what we do to minimise the risk of more animals needing care through ignorance or neglect.

Support and Education

We support current owners to extend their knowledge, and ensure that they know the essentials of caring for a donkey or mule.

Continuing rehabilitation with owner

Where the neglect of a donkey or mule has occurred through ignorance, and is not wilful, and the person in charge of the animal can give a good home to the animal with support and education, a volunteer will visit on a regular basis to assist and check.

The animal should be able to lead and tie up. Fencing should be safe and secure; there must be shelter, feet regularly trimmed. We will introduce the person to a recommended farrier to ensure the feet are trimmed regularly. The owner should be able to recognise when the donkey or mule is ill.

Trust Cards

Buy our Cards!

Our beautiful sets of full colour greeting cards are now available for purchase. Printed on premium linen card, these A6-sized cards are blank inside and can be used for any occasion.

Proceeds go to support the Trust’s efforts of care and rehabilitation for donkeys and mules around NZ.

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