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Visiting the Donkey Sanctuary, Leeds

If you love donkeys, then you’ll definitely want to visit the Donkey Sanctuary in Leeds.

Nestled in the tranquil West Yorkshire countryside, the Donkey Sanctuary is a lovely haven for lots of donkeys and gives them a great quality of life whilst caring for them.

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Each donkey has their own story to tell, and the staff are extremely friendly and willing to tell you their stories.

We met a donkey who had a lovely life, but his owner had become ill and frail and was unable to care for him properly anymore so he came to live at the sanctuary instead where she still comes to visit him.

Another donkey wasn’t so fortunate and had come to live at the centre due to being mistreated and abused.

The donkeys repay the love they get from the staff by being loving and caring themselves, and the centre does a lot of work with children with additional needs and disabilities,  who come to the sanctuary to interact with the animals and benefit from their calming influence.

As well as an inside building for them, there’s also plenty of room outside for the donkeys to play and exercise.

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My two children loved talking to the donkeys and stroking them.

There’s also an undercover outdoor seating area, for a spot of sitting outside when the weather’s nice.

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There is a small cafe if you fancy a bite to eat, and a gift shop  where you can buy merchandise such as pens, fridge magnets and lovely donkey related items.

The donkey sanctuary is free entry as it is a charity, but there is a box if you would like to make a donation towards helping the work they do.

If you would like to learn more about the centre, the website is here

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