Donkey Meet and Potluck!

  • January 27, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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Come meet homeless donkeys at the Longhopes Donkey Shelter in Bennett, CO! (http://LongHopes.org)


An orientation tour and visit time with the shelter donkeys will be followed by a plant-based/vegan potluck (no meat, eggs, dairy or honey).

Please dress appropriately in layers for the weather since the tour and donkeys will be outdoors. The potluck will be indoors.


ATTENTION PLEASE: This event is posted to two meetup groups. If you happen to belong to both groups, please only sign up for this event to one group. Thank you!


DIRECTIONS: Travel on I-70 east out of Denver towards Limon Pass the town of Watkins. Take the next exit which is Manila Road. Go south (right) at exit 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 #50 on the left hand side. It is the 2nd place with white vinyl fencing. Fence and gates have signs that say Longhopes Acres.


A carpool will be leaving Boulder at approximately 10:00am. Please send email for more information to [masked]

If you want to host a carpool from another area, please post in the comment section at the bottom of this page. Thanks!


NOTE:: Snow date for this event Sunday, February 24, 2012. An announcement will be sent if event date changes.

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  • Sarah

    Had such a great time Sunday! Thanks to those who organized this event! Sorry we had to sneak out early, my little donkey was getting cranky! Thanks again!

    1 · January 28, 2013

    • Ann S.

      I'm so glad you had fun, Sarah! Thank you for attending. I'm sorry I missed you two. Hope to see you soon!

      January 28, 2013

  • Ann S.

    Peter and I had such a blast! We love the donkeys and can hardly wait to go back!! Feel free to copy the photos on the Boulder group. Happy to share, but I'm too tired to do it myself! What a great day!!

    January 27, 2013

  • Brent

    It was really cool to meet those donkeys!

    1 · January 27, 2013

  • Ann S.

    What a cool place!! I LOVE donkeys and Hinnies (sp), too!!!!

    January 27, 2013

  • Mike

    I wasn't able to make it this time, but I hope we do this again!

    January 27, 2013

  • Brent

    Hi there. Would it be okay if we brought our dog to this event? We understand if that is not practical for the donkeys. Thanks.

    January 25, 2013

    • Ann S.

      Hi Brent, I'm thinking likely not, but it would be best to ask them directly. Thanks! [masked]

      January 26, 2013

    • Carl

      No dogs please

      January 26, 2013

  • Ann S.

    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!!

    January 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to go to this, just have another event that day!
    I'll watch for another time.

    January 8, 2013

  • Sarah

    Can we bring anything for the donkeys? Toys, blankets?

    1 · January 8, 2013

    • Ann S.

      Hi Sarah, in so glad you and your son can attend! I added a guess to your RSVP to include him! I'll see you there!

      January 8, 2013

  • Carl

    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...)

    January 8, 2013

  • Carl

    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.

    January 8, 2013

  • Carl

    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, 2013

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