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Longhopes Donkey Shelter Tour and Potluck Picnic

May 11th at noon (or meet at the Tower Road and I-70 exit in the Dollar Tree parking lot at 11:30 to carpool with others)

We will have a guided tour of the donkey rescue facility and grounds, meet the wonderful rescued souls at the shelter, and then share a vegan picnic meal with our friends. Please bring your tableware and food enough to share with others. The shelter is awesome and, as all sanctuaries, they can use our support. Tour fee is $5 per person and all funds go to the care of the donkeys.

Address is: 50 S. Dutch Valley Road, Bennett, Colorado 80102 (303)[masked]
Driving Directions to the Longhopes Donkey Shelter
Travel on Hwy I-70 east out of Denver towards Limon past the town of Watkins.

Take the next exit which is Manila Road. Go south (right) at exit for 1 mile.
Go east (left) on County Road 6 approximately 2 miles.
Go south (right) onto Dutch Valley Road which is a short, DEAD END, gravel road. It is a right only turn.
Go to #66 on the left hand side. It is the 1st property with white vinyl fencing. Fence and gates have signs that say Longhopes.
Take driveway to Visitor Center.


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  • Ann V S.

    I hope you all had a great time. Sorry I couldn't get there for the last bit to visit. Please post your comments here and I'll send the link to them so they can see what you all had to say! Thank you!

    May 11, 2013

  • loree

    I'm sorry I couldn't make it. I had to spend most of the day at the vet's office.

    May 11, 2013

  • Brooke G.

    I will meet y'all there. So excited!!!

    May 10, 2013

  • Julie

    Give extra hugs and ear scratches to the donkey I sponsor there, the beautiful and adorable Hope. I LOVE LONGHOPES!! Not sure yet if we can make it so we haven't RSVP'd yet.

    May 10, 2013

  • LaVaughn S.

    I'll just meet you guys there. I've been going for years and absolutely adore these big, beautiful, docile creatures. Is that ok if I meet you? I may have to leave early-I may be on call. Thanks-La Vaughn[masked]

    May 7, 2013

  • loree

    Hi I have to take my cat to the vet Saturday morning. Hopefully I can still make this but will plan on driving myself. Thanks

    May 7, 2013

  • Avery

    Must cancel this time.

    May 6, 2013

  • LaNell

    Darn! Change of plans are forcing me to cancel. I hope you do this again soon. I was really looking forward to it! :-(

    May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Again, we are planning to meet at the I-70 and Tower Road exit at the Dollar Tree parking lot to try to consolidate drivers and save some gas, so, if you want to meet us there at 1130, let me know so that I can have a list of people who will be meeting us there. My phone number is[masked] if you need to call me anytime. I work nights, so you can call me anytime and, if I am not available, I will call you back! Thanks, everyone! wE'RE GONNA HAVE SO MUCH FUN! :)

    1 · April 29, 2013

    • Ann V S.

      Hi Peg, I thought you posted this on A Vegan Life as well, but I see you didn't. If you want to add it, please do. If you prefer to wait and plan another trip with that group at another time, that would be great! Thank you for doing this!! xo

      April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, everyone!! I cannot access this site daily, so I am sorry that I can't respond quickly to comments and concerns. Just wanted to tell everyone that we are all set to go out and have a tour and share some picnic food together! Also, Kelly told me that we are welcome to bring out some carrots for the donkeys, so if you are so inclined, feel free to bring a bag or two. OR, if you have a relationship with one of your local grocers, you can ask them for some "old produce" that they are going to dispose of to bring out to the Longhopes donkeys. (They love asparagus, I am told!!) Anyway, I am praying for great weather that day so that we can have an awesome experience. If you want to come later due to work or other issues, that is fine! We will probably be out there until around 3 pm or so since we will just be hanging with the donkeys and enjoying each other's company.

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Amber

    I was wondering if I could arrive late to this event. I really want to come, but I work until noon in Colorado Springs. If I could come late, I would love to come. Please let me know what you think. If I can't, that's ok.

    April 28, 2013

    • Ann V S.

      I think that will be fine, Amber! Safe travels

      April 29, 2013

  • Amber

    Sorry, I have to work that day.

    April 27, 2013

  • LaVaughn S.

    I love Longhopes. I'll try to make.

    April 24, 2013

  • Amy

    Ditto about the possible bailing if the weather's bad.

    April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We went to the shelter during Spring Break and it has such a great vibe. I hope more people will find out about their mission and see what great work they are doing. I can't wait to go back out there!!

    1 · April 23, 2013

  • Liz C.

    I LOVE donkeys....can't wait!

    April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will wimp out if the weather isn't good, OR if super muddy.

    April 22, 2013

  • Monika B.

    I will try and make it. Sounds like fun!

    April 22, 2013

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