Among friends
Among friends
Now we can begin her rehabilitation
Now we can begin
her rehabilitation

The Good Samaritan Donkey Sanctuary Inc (GSDS) rescues donkeys from ill treatment or neglect. Located in NSW’s Hunter Valley, the Sanctuary covers 300 acres and cares for up to 130 donkeys.

Some of those in our care have been surrendered by owners no longer able to look after them but, sadly, most have suffered great abuse and neglect.

Donors + volunteers
Donors + volunteers
We exist only because of people like you
We exist only because
of people like you

As Australia’s first sanctuary, GSDS has been rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming donkeys since 1990. We are non-profit, receive no government funding and are dependent upon our donkey-loving volunteers.

Donkeys are large animals and need a lot of everything, including attention. We are always looking for like-minded people to help with the daily workload, please contact us.

All donations gratefully received—please use direct deposit, Paypal or call us:

Meet us
Meet us
Groups and visitors are welcome
Groups and visitors
are welcome

We have long been a favourite with bus groups and are keen to host both them and other visitors. However, as we are a working sanctuary we must request you contact us prior.

To ensure the donkeys can convalesce in peaceful surroundings,
the Sanctuary cannot be found (with any accuracy) by searching online maps:

02 4996 5596

Intensive care unit
Intensive care unit
The expertise to make whole again
The expertise to make
whole again

Thanks to the support of our wonderful donors (particularly Shirley) we have incomparable intensive care facilities, frequently caring for up to 12 animals.

Of course, equipment alone will not nurse a donkey back to health and we are proud of our many successes with even some of the most severe cases of neglect.