Foolishly, I imagined that the Donkey-to-Nancy/Donkey-to-Toni ratio would be 1 to 25 (there are over 50 rescued donkeys on the farm) but the sanctuary was swarming with people. And no wonder; the donkeys are sweet-natured, gentle and friendly. Being with these delightful creatures is such a soothing, uplifting experience that I can imagine visitors drop in regularly to see their favourite donkeys, mules or hinnies -- just for a chat and a scratch behind the ears.
|Apollo has such a noble profile. Who wouldn't want to pat that nose?|
|Katy and Peter are best pals.|
Our donkey education went from zero to sixty in no time flat as we met all the four-legged residents and then joined a school group for a donkey Q & A. I mentioned to staff that the sanctuary was like an animal rest home. "Oh, it is", they assured me. "We care for the donkeys until they die".
So here's one more retirement/nursing home facility that I could visit. And they use volunteers, too.