Ferry Travel

You will need to visit the Isle of Wight via ferry, so please follow these instructions: ...from Southampton Take either the Red Funnel Car Ferry (1hr) to East Cowes or the Red Jet (20 mins) to West Cowes. They go back and forward regularly throughout the day. ...from Portsmouth Take either the Wightlink Car Ferry (35 mins) to Fishbourne or the Wightlink Catamaran (15 mins) to Ryde Pier Head. They go back and forward regularly throughout the day.

Bus Travel

If you would like to visit the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary via bus, please follow these instructions: ...from Newport From Newport Bus Station, you will need to take the No.3; it leaves Newport Bus Station at 5 mins and 35 mins past each hour throughout the day. ...from Ryde From Ryde Bus Station, you will need to take the No.3; it leaves Ryde Bus Station at 15 mins and 45 mins past each hour throughout the day. Please note, this is a much longer journey than Newport.
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The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary has four strands to its activity, as follows;

Animal Welfare

The prime aim of the sanctuary is to provide a home for unwanted donkeys.

Usually there are more than 100 animals in our care – usually over 90 donkeys and 25 horses and ponies. These animals have led a variety of lives, but they all have one thing in common – they need a home. The reasons for needing a home can be varied.

  • Losing their grazing
  • Their owners circumstances change and they need to leave their animals
  • Abandonment
  • Rescued from poor circumstances
  • Given to us by other rescue organisations

Animal Welfare

Using 2014 as an example more than 15 donkeys came to us. Their reasons for arriving at Wroxall included:

  • Being left by a Granny to her two grand daughters
  • Losing their grazing on a farm being converted to dairy farming
  • Being donated by a city farm
  • Found abandoned on a farm in Lincolnshire
  • Retiring to the Isle of Wight from France!

Our animals live in over 60 acres of beautiful countryside and have a variety of indoor stables, barns and field shelters to make their lives as comfortable as possible.