The Donkey Society of Victoria (DSV) was formed in 1972 by a small group of donkey enthusiasts, and over the last 30 years the society has grown to become one of the biggest and most recognised donkey societies in Australia. 

Members of the Society range from people who enjoy involvement in the many activities the society offers, to others who are mostly interested in the newsletters and information about donkeys. Some don’t even own a donkey! In fact, the only criteria for membership is to be someone who loves donkeys or mules.

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Beware of scammers when buying a donkey

The DSV have received a number of reports recently of scammers trying to con people out of money by offering donkeys for sale or adoption. We have had to reject a number of adverts in our for sale section as a result, and urge members to be cautious when buying from strangers on-line.  Here are some great tips you might want to consider when looking to purchase (Click here for the article 7 horse for sale scams you need to know) as you can see from the link, it’s not just donkeys where people get caught out. 

Some of the key things worth considering is never pay a deposit on a donkey unseen. Don’t just rely on photos and video as evidence that they have the donkey, they can easily get those from the internet. If the seller is insisting on delivery only, it’s probably a scam. Try and source a donkey from a reputable and known breeder. Ask for references (such as contact details of their vet, farrier, dentist etc.) If the price is too good to be true, that should be a red flag and if your gut is telling you that something isn’t right, it probably isn’t.  Try and avoid conducting the sale through just email alone.

One example we recently became aware of is a Facebook Page (Molly Mini Donkey Farm) offering donkeys for sale. On investigation, many of the images being posted have actually been taken from other breeder’s Facebook pages and websites based in the US. (See images below). The Facebook page has been reported and hopefully will be removed soon.   

DSV ZOOM Webinar Series

During Covid, the DSV has been running a series of Zoom webinars for its members featuring Australian and Internationally renowed experts in their fields. 

Topics so far have covered an Introduction to Wild Donkey Training with Cynthia Fisher of Fisher’s Mustangs; How to Train your Donkey or Mule Safely, Effectively and Ethically with Equine Behaviourist Ben Hart; and Donkey Hoof Care with Megan Hensley the Donk Farrier. 

You can access the video archive here

Become a DSV Member

If you love donkeys or mules and would like to join a community of like minded people who have an interest and passion for our four-legged friends why not come and join us.

Membership includes two high quality quarterly magazines with amazing stories, photos and information about donkeys and hybrids, Member exclusive events and shows, donkey registration via ADSA and much more.

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