Please help with Hay for Donkeys
I started rescuing Donkeys many years ago from auctions. They were neglected, mistreated, abused, badly fed. Some I have rehomed, 2 died of old age. At the moment I have 4 donkeys and 1 mule who I rescued in the Shuswap. I moved them here when I recently moved back to Vancouver Island. I had not been able to rehome them and so, brought them with me, which made a massive dent in my savings.
Its been 9 months of major adjustment for the Donkeys on rainy Vncouver Island. I had to build 2 paddocks and several shelters to keep the Donkeys dry. (They are normally desert animals). At the end of winter, I had to pay $20 for each bale of hay. On an average between the 5 equines they eat a bale of hay a day. My savings have drastically dwindled from all the expenses over last year, but the happiness they bring makes it all worthwhile.
The Donkeys all needed their teeth done, and every two months their feet trimmed by a farrier.
Luckily Im in good health and can do most of the work myself, but, I am on a pension, and the cost, for me, for a year for the hay, dentist, and farrier and odd vet visit, is roughly $4500. Ive been using my savings up until now, but wont be able to much longer.
I really dont want to lose the Donkeys, they ae all finally happy, contented, and get weekly walks in the forest and are loved by all. I have people who come to walk with them on trails, neighbourhood kids come feed them, challenged people of various ages get great calm and joy from stroking and grooming them.
The Donkeys and myself will be forever grateful for any help you can give us. We have a good life and it would be so traumatic for both the Donkeys and myself to have to start trying to find suitable homes and split us all up.
The 2nd crops of hay are happening now and I would like to get as much as 160 bales stored before the rains come again, although the price of hay is still a little high, $8-$10/bale.
Again, many thanks for taking the time to hear my plea and I hope you will be able to help. Every little helps. Many thanks from the Donkeys and myself.
Please help spread the word.
I would like to thankyou all once more for the help and support you have shown to us. Through your generosity, I have managed to get enough hay in the barn until next June, their feet have all been trimmed, and Pedro has been checked by the Vet, and Jake has a new halter.
I still would like to put a wooden floor in their shelter in the new year to help keep their feet above the torrential rains we get, hopefully in the new year we can accumulate enough funds, materials, and manpower to do that.
At the moment, Donkeys are all doing fairly well through the winter, the rains were the hardest to deal with, now its colder, but drier, which is a nice reprieve, for us all.
Been unable to go donkey walking due to the amount of snow on the trails, but my wonderful hardcore supporters have been coming by and massaging the donkeys and helped with keeping the shelters cleaned. I, and the animals, all appreciate it very much.
We wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season, and hope you will find happiness with your family and friends, and that life will be good to you all in the New Year. Blessings to you All.. Dev xox
ps: Can I ask you to perhaps share or like and I promise I wont ask you again this year.. hah !
The Vet, as usual, was informative, thorough, had great advice and is supportive in so many ways. Im glad I got Pedro checked, set my mind at rest.
And, today I had a very generous donation which paid for the vet bill and also the senior feed I need to get for Pedro, thankyou so much donors....
Lots of snow today, the donkeys dont seem to mind the snow, and they were all going crazy in circles around the shelter, chasing and spooking each other out. Gotta luv em...
Are you looking for homes for any of these beauties. We would be interested if you are. Your doing great work.
News story about Dev and her Donkeys: "http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=953597&playlistId=1.3076354&binId=1.810401&playlistPageNum=1&binPageNum=1#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=Facebook&_gsc=W7a2yWd"
Check out the CRV story about Dev and her Donkeys: http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=953597&playlistId=1.3076354&binId=1.810401&playlistPageNum=1&binPageNum=1#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=Facebook&_gsc=W7a2yWd