How you can help



Adopt a Donkey

One of the ways you can help is to adopt a donkey for a year to help towards the costs of our work. You choose the amount you wish to give to your donkey. You will receive:

  • details of the donkey you decide to adopt
  • a photo
  • an adoption certificate
  • a twice-yearly report
  • our quarterly newsletter

And you are most welcome to come and visit your special donkey!

Adoption makes an ideal anniversary, birthday, special occasion or Christmas present.

Adoption levels of support
Suggested levels of support are:

  • R50 per month (R600 per annum)
  • R100 per month (R1,200 per annum)
  • R200 per month (R2,400 per annum)
  • R300 per month (R3,600 per annum)
  • R400 per month (R4,800 per annum)
  • R500 per month (R6,000 per annum)
  • R625 per month (R7,500 per annum)
  • Any other amount you wish to donate - we value any level of support!

Contact details:
PO Box 29, McGregor, 6708 Tel: 023 625 1593 Fax: 086 614 7777
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web:
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Bank Details:
“Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary”, Standard Bank, Robertson,
Branch Code 050413, Savings Account no 2882 444 19

Please note that with EFT payments we incur no charges.

Severely neglected donkeys may require additional feeding and care over and above this.

How to adopt

You can choose your donkey by clicking here. There is an online adoption form that can be filled in and submitted to us. Once you have completed the form you will be directed to PayFast our online payment option. Please note that PayFast is for once off payments and does not support recurring (e.g. monthly) payments. For recurring payments please use a monthly stop order (EFT) to our bank account (details above).

You can also download a printable version of the form by clicking here.

Please note this adoption is for one year. We will send you confirmation immediately your contribution is received and you will be reminded yearly, inviting your continued support.

Should you wish to renew your adoption please click the "Renewal Form" button



Make a Donation

Every donation helps us to improve the facilities, expand our support and rehabilitation of donkeys elsewhere and work towards a more caring culture in our society.
Do you know what the costs of feeding and caring for a donkey for one year are?

  • Hay R400 per month i.e. R4,800 per year
  • Farrier services R600 per year
  • Vet services and medicines approximately R1,200 per year
  • Fly and tick control R600 per year

This gives a total of R7,200 per annum and costs keep going up each year. Some severely neglected donkeys and our elderly donkeys require additional feeding and care over and above this. In addition there is the care of the paddocks, irrigation, electricity, etc.

The Sanctuary also often has to pay the Vet and Farrier bills for donkeys that we reach through our outreach and rehabilitation work elsewhere.
Please rest assured that any donation you give no matter how small will help to give more donkeys a safe, happy and healthy future.

Regular donations
A regular gift such as a monthly stop order (EFT) allows us to plan for the future. Regular gifts can also help to purchase the on-going essentials in life - feed, ointments and medicines for donkeys.

Donations can be made directly into our bank account (please email or fax us your deposit slip).

Our Bank details are: “Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary”, Standard Bank, Robertson, Branch code: 050413, Savings Account Number: 288244419.
Please mark the deposit with your name and contact details.

Please note that the banking industry is discontinuing cheques. This means that you will not be able to deposit cheques into our bank account after 31 December 2020. The bank currently charges us R45.00 per cheque deposited and upto R75.00 (dependng on the cash amount being deposited) for cash deposits. No charge is made to our account for EFTs.

Our contact details are:
Fax: 086 614 7777
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Online Donations & Payments

We use PayFast to handle all our online transactions. PayFast is a secure online payment transaction system that provides easy payment options either via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) from your SA bank account or via direct debit from your VISA or MasterCard account. Our version of PayFast does not handle recurring payments - for this you will need to use a monthly stop order (EFT).

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To make a Payment (Adoption, Renewal or Donation) simply click your chosen amount below
(You will be directed to our secure PayFast web page.)

PLEASE NOTE that you may get a message saying this is a monthly payment (i.e. a "repeat/recurring Payment") this is not so. Our system does not allow recurring payments and all payments are treated as a once off. We are currently working on changing the message sent to donors and adoptors so that you are not confused by this message.


R50.00 R100.00 R200.00 R300.00 R400.00 R500.00


Or specify your own amount below and select "Proceed"



Other Payment Options (click an option)

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Leave a lasting gift

To provide a sustainable secure future, we rely on bequests. Even if you are unable to support our work at the moment, please consider us in your Will. We are a registered NPO and PBO with tax and estate duty benefits attached to donations. See our Leave a lasting gift brochure to help you with this as well as a sample codicil that can be used with your current will!

A plea from the donkeys - Leave a lasting gift

'n Pleidooi van die donkies - Gun vir ons ‘n blywende nalating


Download Codicil - English

Laai Kodisil af - Afrikaans



My Planet beneficiary

Do YOU have a MySchool/MyVillage/MyPlanet card?

By linking Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary as a beneficiary (you may have up to three beneficiaries) you earn income for the Sanctuary – at NO cost to yourself!

Please remember us, and apply for a card if you do not already have one. It is free of charge, no strings attached, and a valuable source of income to the donkeys.
In order to become a supporter, you need to be registered with MySchool. Then select Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary as your charity to support.
You can register through the website (
call MySchool Service Centre on 0860 100 445
(Monday to Friday, between 08:00 and 17:00).
You can also register at the Sanctuary (Thursdays to Sundays 10am to 4pm) and we will issue you with a card at the Shop in the Visitors’ Centre.

Click here to register



2024 Book Fair

This year our Book Fair will be held in McGregor at the Community Hall in Voortrekker Street.

Friday 14 to Sunday 16 June from 10am till 4pm (Sunday till 2pm).

Fresh stock every day, and the wide range at excellent prices that you have come to expect from us.
All proceeds go towards the care of our rescued donkeys.
Enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Remember we always have fantastic book stocks in the Visitor Centre at the Sanctuary which are refreshed regularly and many people find perfect gifts for loved ones and spoil themselves with first-class reading matter in all categories. Thank you for your support!


Visit Our Shop


Visit our shop in the Visitor Centre. Here you will find all sorts of donkey related items from cuddly woollen donkeys to keyrings, fridge magnets, coffee mugs, wine, craft beer, cards and lots more. The Shop is open Thursdays to Sundays from 10am to 4pm. We accept credit and debit cards as well as Snapscan and Zapper. For wine orders via our website please see the section on "Buy our wine" below.


Buy our wine


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sauv blanc

 Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary wines to order

Yes, you can enjoy Eseltjiesrus wines at home! We have 3 wines (bottled by McGregor Winery) available and each sale contributes directly to the care and welfare of our donkeys. So the more you order the more you are donating to the Sanctuary. Simply complete and submit the Wine Order form (link below)

Our three wines are:

Cabernet / Merlot R480 per case of 6 bottles
Sauvignon Blanc R450 per case of 6 bottles
Colombar R390 per case of 6 bottles
This is an ideal way to spoil yourself or as a gift.

Wine sales at the Sanctuary are Thursdays to Sundays 10am to 4pm. You can also obtain our wines by courier direct to your home. We will send you the courier costs once we have received your order.

Our wines bottled by McGregor Winery are:

Cabernet / Merlot R480 per case (6x bottles)
A full-bodied blended wine with flavours of ripe plums and red berries. Maturation in French Oak.

Sauvignon Blanc
R450 per case (6x bottles)
An elegant, fruity wine packed with tropical and passion fruit flavours, a touch of green fig and a pleasant lingering finish.

R390 per case (6x bottles)
An exceptionally fruity white wine to complement chicken or fish.

Mixed cases: R440 per case: 2 of each of the above wines


Thank you for your order and support – we will contact you about
payment and/or delivery. Dankie vir u ondersteuning!



Support Eseltjiesrus

Every donation helps us to improve the facilities, expand our support and rehabilitation of donkeys elsewhere and work towards a more caring culture in our society.

About Us

Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary provides a permanent refuge for abused, neglected and elderly donkeys.

Tel - +27 (0) 23 625 1593

Fax - +27 (0) 86 614 7777

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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