Rest Ur Ass Donkey Sanctuary: A Haven for Equine Welfare


Donkeys, with their soulful eyes and endearing personalities, captivate the hearts of many. Despite their gentle nature, these beloved animals often face severe mistreatment and neglect worldwide. Located in Trés Jolie AH and Zonnehoeve AH in Johannesburg, as well as at Schrikkloof Private Nature Reserve in Bela Bela and in Bethlehem, Rest Ur Ass Donkey Sanctuary stands as a beacon of hope for these resilient creatures. Founded by compassionate individuals determined to make a difference, the sanctuary provides a safe haven where donkeys can retire and thrive.

Witnessing the Need for Change

The inception of Rest Ur Ass Donkey Sanctuary stems from a poignant moment experienced by its founders, Albert and his wife. While traversing a rural area in 2016, they bore witness to the heartbreaking abuse suffered by donkeys in South Africa. The sight of these gentle beings enduring neglect and mistreatment ignited a fervent desire within them to take action. Determined to provide a sanctuary where donkeys could find solace and respite, they embarked on a journey to create a haven for these oft-overlooked animals.

The First Three: Herbie, Eli, and Simon

In December 2017, Rest Ur Ass Donkey Sanctuary welcomed its inaugural residents: Herbie, Eli, and Simon. These three lucky equines, rescued from the SPCA Benoni, marked the beginning of a transformative endeavour. Among them, Herbie, a survivor of the infamous Hartswater Auction showcased on national television, symbolised the resilience of donkeys in the face of adversity. Since their arrival, the sanctuary has remained committed to providing a nurturing environment where each donkey can flourish.

Supporting the Cause: How It Works

Rest Ur Ass Donkey Sanctuary operates on the principle of collective support. Individuals can contribute to the well-being of the donkeys by sponsoring their care. By covering essential expenses such as feed, veterinary care, and parasite control, sponsors play a vital role in ensuring the sanctuary’s sustainability. Click here to read more about this process.

A Community Affair: Monthly Markets and Movie Nights

At Rest Ur Ass Donkey Sanctuary, community engagement lies at the heart of their mission. Monthly markets and movie nights beckon visitors to partake in festivities while championing equine welfare. Amidst the lively atmosphere, attendees can peruse an array of stalls, indulge in delectable treats, and immerse themselves in the joyous ambiance. Moreover, children can revel in fun-filled activities, fostering a sense of compassion and stewardship towards animals. Through these communal gatherings, the sanctuary fosters a spirit of unity and compassion, inspiring collective action for the betterment of donkeys’ lives.

For More Information

Send an email to or call 084 611 0089.

View their website here.

Address: 9 Peter Road, Tres Jolie AH, Roodepoort.

Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook for the latest news, information, events, and more.

Rest Ur Ass Donkey Sanctuary stands as a testament to the transformative power of compassion and empathy. Through unwavering dedication and community support, it continues to serve as a beacon of hope for abused and neglected donkeys. As the sanctuary expands its reach and impact, it exemplifies the profound difference individuals can make in the lives of animals in need.

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