Donkey Sanctuary

Charity Aims

Having been approached by two separate donkey owners, over a fairly short period, to ask if she could help in re-homing their animals, Mrs Rosemary Dale, a lifelong enthusiast and breeder of donkeys, decided, in October 2003, to found The Scottish Borders Donkey Sanctuary.

A Charity registered in Scotland, Charity No SC034634 , the aims are to provide permanent accommodation for donkeys and mules in need of re-homing whether as a result of rescue from cruelty or neglect or because the current owners could no longer care for them.
The Scottish Borders is an ideal location for the Sanctuary, especially for donkeys from Scotland or the North of England. Owners from the North find it convenient to visit their former charges here. The rescue of donkeys and mules from the meat trade is also a high profile of the Sanctuary.

Our Facilities

Located at the 80 acre estate - The Holmes, St.Boswells, near Melrose, in The Scottish Borders - the animals fortunate in having been re-homed here, are accommodated in small groups in well-fenced and watered paddocks of permanent pasture, each with a field shelter.

There is a handsome Edwardian stone built stable block consisting of loose boxes, stalls, tack room and washing facilities round a cobbled yard. The estate has an ambience of its own - the beautiful views over the River Tweed and the tree-lined driveways are breathtaking whatever the season of the year.

Along with the donkeys there are ponies, llamas, goats, pigs, sheep, ducks and many breeds of poultry and a mule called Muffin.

Scottish Charity No: SC 034 634


tel: 01835 823468

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Opening hours:
The sanctuary is open to visitors at 2pm every Saturday and Sunday throughout the year when there is a conducted tour of all the animals on each of these days


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