Save Jana's Donkeys this Winter

Help Jana keep these beautiful donkeys fit and healthy

Our precious donkey family on Hvar Island in Croatia was founded in 2013 when yoga teacher Jana Appleyard came across a sweet donkey called Pano and adopted him after learning that his owners planned to kill him for meat. Although donkeys have traditionally been valued working animals in Croatia, they are often not treated with respect or love. Over the next ten years Pano has been joined by Lily Rose, Lula, Paca, Juliet, Mathilda - and Zena the pony – who all needed a loving, caring home. In December 2022 Jana found a pregnant donkey living in a muddy field, tethered to a wooden post. She had been neglected and ignored, was very weak and had sore feet. With the owner’s consent, Jana brought her home, named her Lady Penelope and cared for her over the winter, nurturing her into condition. In April Lady Penelope gave birth to the beautiful baby Daphne: mother and daughter were happy and thriving. This week, very sadly, they were taken back by their owners who have now tied Lady Penelope to a tree. Not only is it illegal in Croatia to keep a donkey permanently tethered, but there’s no shelter for her and Daphne and it’s been raining hard in Hvar.
Jana is hoping to adopt Lady Penelope and Daphne so they can continue to enjoy a happy and carefree life with the other donkeys. Meanwhile, our unique animal family consists of six donkeys and Zena the pony (who thinks she’s a donkey). Jana has dedicated herself to giving these wonderful animals the best possible life. She works hard to care for them with very limited resources, and does as much as she can herself. But from time-to-time she needs help and this year all the donkeys need their teeth checked. This can only be done by a specialist vet who will have to travel from mainland Croatia. Jana also has to buy hay from the mainland to feed the donkeys through next winter.
We’re raising money to pay for the vet’s bill and the hay. Pano, Lily Rose, Lula, Paca, Juliet, Mathilda, Lady Penelope, baby Daphne and Zena the pony will be very grateful for any help that you can give.

You can find out more about the donkeys, and also about Jana and her yoga practice here:

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  • Liisa Smith
    • £10 
    • 4 mos
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    • £150 
    • 9 mos
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    • £300 
    • 1 yr
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    • £20 
    • 1 yr
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    • £200 
    • 2 yrs
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