How you can help



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)
  • 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

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.

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

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 R140 per month i.e. R1,680 per year
  • Farrier services R600 per year
  • Vet services and medicines approximately R900 per year
  • Fly and tick control R420 per year

This gives a total of R3,600 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 whilst you can deposit cheques into our bank account, the bank currently charges us R42.37 per cheque deposited and R9.89 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.

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To make a Monthly Donation or Once-Off payment, simply click your chosen amount below
(You will be directed to our secure PayFast web page.)


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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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


Do YOU have a MySchool/MyVillage/MyPlanet card?

By linking Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary as a beneficiary (you may have up to three)
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


Giant Winter Book Fair, McGregor

Each year at the end of May we hold a 3-day Book Fair in McGregor to raise funds for our work as a Donkey Sanctuary.


Our next Book Fair will be held from Friday 17th May to Sunday 19th May 2019. See advert above for details.

The long wait is over! From 17 to 19 May 2019 Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary in McGregor will run its 15th and biggest ever Book Fair.

We extend a warm invitation to bookworms and bargain browsers to join us. You can help to embrace the Sanctuary’s culture of caring at this milestone event, which brings in much needed funds through the sale of 14,000 books, all offered at bargain prices.

Kom maak gerus ‘n draai by McGregor – slegs twee uur van die Kaap af.

Diusende boeke is te koop by hierdie bielie van ‘n uitverkoping met winskopies aan die orde van die dag.

Kom snuffel en trakteer jouself op ‘n lekker vrag vol boeke vir die winter wat om die draai lê!

The choice includes new, pristine pre-owned and even collectable books – like 100 year old classics and first editions. Current novels, travel, a huge collection of new cook books, art, gardening and lifestyle books abound, plus there's also biography and a massive selection of children's titles.

The pleasure of your purchases helps to raise proceeds which turn a new page for countless donkeys. Plus the on-site coffee shop will have drinks and eats for all tastes.

Beyond the book buzz of the Book Fair, you can enjoy quiet contemplation at the Sanctuary, should you wish to walk the grounds that are dedicated to rescued and retired donkeys. There is also a special buffet offered at the Sanctuary's charming rustic restaurant. You are invited to Eat, Bray, Love!

You can even adopt a donkey! So, why not enjoy hunting out book-bargains during a donkey day-trip or weekend break?

Book Fair opening hours are 10am to 5pm on Friday 17th & Saturday 18th May and 10am to 2pm Sunday 19th May.

All books are on sale for an incredible R30 each on the last day (Sunday 19th May)!

Ons sien uit na jou besoek!

Kontak ons by 023 625 1593 of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Remember: Fri 17 to Sun 19 May

Municipal Hall, Voortrekker Street, McGregor

All proceeds to Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary
Enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you for your support!


Visit our shop in the Visitors’ Centre. Here you will find all sorts of donkey related items from cuddly woollen donkeys to keyrings, fridge magnets, coffee mugs, wine, cards and lots more. A new item on our shelves are the two Saggy Stone Craft Beers (California Steam Ale and Desert Lager) - these beers are also available in the restaurant as well as for purchasing in the shop to take home. The Shop is open Thursdays to Fridays from 10am to 4pm. We accept credit and debit cards as well as Snapscan and Zapper.



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sauv blanc

 Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary wines to order

Yes, you can enjoy Eseltjiesrus wines at home! We now have 3 wines 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 new wines have arrived!

We are delighted to offer you our newest wines:
2017 Cabernet / Merlot R300 per case of 6 bottles
2018 Sauvignon Blanc R270 per case of 6 bottles
2018 Colombar R240 per case of 6 bottles
This is an ideal way to spoil yourself or as a gift.
You can collect your wine at the Sanctuary or we can arrange a courier (for your account).

Our wines bottled and sold by Rooiberg Winery are:

Cabernet / Merlot
R300 per case (6x bottles)
A full-bodied blended wine with flavours of ripe plums and red berries. Maturation in French Oak.

Sauvignon Blanc
R270 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.

R240 per case (6x bottles)
An exceptionally fruity white wine to complement chicken or fish.

Mixed cases: R270 per case: 2 of each of the above wines


Our wines are also available for direct purchase at Rooiberg Winery.

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

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