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Hudson Valley Walk with Donkeys Message Board › Be a therapy donkey handler for the Little Brays of Sunshine

Be a therapy donkey handler for the Little Brays of Sunshine

Steve S.
user 99324202
Group Organizer
Ulster Park, NY
Hi All:

I want to let you know about the Little Brays of Sunshine therapy donkey program I run and to find out if any of you are interested in volunteering your time.  Experience is not necessary, but a love of the donkeys and passion for the mission is.  Primarily, we need more donkey handlers who can attend events, but there are other support roles that would be helpful including artists, legal, administrative, and simple construction to name a few. 

If interested, please send me an email or post here. After I hear from
those interested, I will then set up an organizational kick-off meeting to
provide more details.

Many of you have already told me you would like to help.  Please
remind me of your interest even if you think I remember.

The mission of the Little Brays of Sunshine (LBoS) program is to "help
people enjoy life one bray at a time".  The LBoS donkeys fill a similar
niche as therapy dogs.  Our primary target audience are those who are
living diminished lives such as those in nursing, medical, or special
needs facilities.  We also serve those who are in need of stress relief or
comforting or who can benefit in any way from interacting with a calm,
affectionate, and non-judgemental animal.   We also play an ambassadorial
role for donkeys with educational programs at schools, nature centers, etc.

A typical event will last four hours from the time we load here to the
time we return here.  Some are longer. We receive requests for both
weekdays and weekends.

Handlers need to know how to manage the donkeys physically as well as know
their donkey's personality and it is also helpful to be able to talk about
donkeys in general. All of these things can be learned by those who care
about the animals and the mission.  To acheive this level of experience,
you will need to commit to spending time with the donkeys before being
given the reins on an event.

I am working towards becoming a 501(c) organization so that we can accept
charitable contributions to help support the program.  But, I am firmly
dedicated to providing the therapy aspects of this program as a free
community service.  The donkeys have been a blessing in my life and I
feel it is my obligation to share them responsibly with all who can
benefit from interacting with these wonderful animals.

-- Steve
Steve S.
user 99324202
Group Organizer
Ulster Park, NY
Post #: 14
Click here for a video of a typical donkey therapy visit to a nursing home.

This visit was conducted by the Butternut Ridge Farm "Thera-pets" donkey therapy program which is our big-sister program in Peru, NY. Three of my donkeys came from this farm. A local cable TV station featured a show about their therapy donkey program which includes a walk-along on a therapy donkey visit.
Marge B.
user 99926282
Ulster Park, NY
Post #: 1
I'm always willing to help when and where I can. Keep me posted!! Hope to see you soon.
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