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Hi All, I hope you're looking forward to this! If your plans change, please adjust your RSVP as soon as possible.
We will have a donation jar to take up a collection for the animals. It is not required and there are no expectations from us for you to donate. Just bring spare change (what you can afford), if wish and are able to donate to the sanctuary. See you Sunday!!
0 · January 25
uh, for liability reasons I maybe should restate 'zero concerns.' Personally I have had zero safety issues and been with the donkeys dozens of times - and worked with ones that were not used to people and were near impossible to halter much less lead. If you or people you bring really wanted to piss off an animal & get yourself hurt - that could be possible (although of course I have never done this). I presume there is a waver of sorts to sign like many animal places have.
Many people, kids and barn cats have interacted with the animals infinite times with no incidents. For comparison, I feel much safer in a herd of donkeys than with Bumper (from PP) when he gets excited. (Not that I've felt unsafe with Bumper - clearly he's in charge though...)
0 · January 8
Some healthy-esque treats are always a good way to ensure getting mobbed [in a good way] by friendly donkeys – carrots, gingersnaps, apples or some horse-treats work well.
The donkeys are awesome - very gentle - if they don't like you, you won't be able to get close to them. There are `50ish on site now - maybe a couple are not used to people yet. 45+ are engaging and friendly. Zero concerns about them being 'dangerous' even with kids.
0 · January 8
Hey everyone. This will be fun; hopefully we can have a few folks come out. I (with my wife Lisa) have been going out to Longhopes for a few years now. The goal of Longhopes #1 rescue donkeys in need of a good home and #2 to get the donkeys person friendly enough to adopt out. Volunteer activities have included brushing/combing, cleaning hooves, bridle-training, leading them around [sometimes quite difficult], cleaning the facilities and helping with needed physical labor. They need to be well used to people and being handled and led around to get adopted.
What to bring: The donkeys will sometimes play with a mostly deflated basketball - don't want anything they can chew apart though. Regarding blankets - none are needed. You'll see that Kathy runs a pretty tight ship here - very organized, tidy, well stocked and clean. She has many equine blankets for the thinner ones that need extra insulation when needed.
1 · January 8