Dear Donkey Sanctuary Supporters and Donkey Adopters,

Thank you for supporting our Donkey Sanctuary. We have been very busy recently and want to bring you up-to-date with what has been happening.

We currently have 155 donkeys in the Sanctuary including several new foals that have been born recently. Thanks to a grant from The Pegasus Foundation, we castrate the jacks when they come into the Sanctuary but the jennies often are already in foal when they come in and it is these babies that are being born now. The foals are very sweet so it is hard to be too unhappy about it even if it does increase our responsibility.

Because we have received a lot of rain in the past few months, the donkeys that are still out in the community are not very visible and for the moment are not getting themselves in trouble or causing problems for the crop farmers. For the most part, the donkeys are staying up in the hills and finding enough to eat without invading farms and gardens. Once they start reappearing on the roads and in the fields putting themselves in harms way, we will resume rounding them up and bringing them in to keep them safe.

We recently received a grant from the Pettus-Crowe Foundation for the provision of regular veterinary services. As a result, we have started holding donkey clinics every Thursday morning. The aim is to examine every donkey in the sanctuary, record the information (e.g. height, weight, body condition score, heart and lungs sounds, condition of feet, etc) and thereby establish a baseline record for each animal. Then, if a donkey becomes ill or, for example, starts to lose weight unexpectedly, we will have reliable information as to the previous condition of the animal. This is particularly important since when we bring them into the Donkey Sanctuary, we usually have little or no information with respect to their history or previous health.

We have also produced a brochure for the Donkey Sanctuary that we are placing in all the hotels in an effort to attract as many visitors as possible. It is through the generosity of our visitors that we are able to properly feed and maintain the donkeys including providing them with regular farrier care, worming and tick treatment and prevention.

Earlier this week the donkeys were filmed for a video to be shown on some of the cruise ships that visit Antigua on a regular basis. This should be very helpful in generating more visits.

We have just completed short videos of each adopted donkey, showing them being groomed. They have been uploaded to YouTube under Antigua’s Donkey Sanctuary. We also now have a Facebook Page that you should check out.

Again, thank you for helping us with these wonderful animals.

Karen M. Corbin, Executive Director

In recent weeks, we have been fortunate to receive visits to our donkey sanctuary and animal shelter from Crystal Cruise Line guests who volunteered to spend a few hours with us. They walked and groomed our shelter dogs and played with the cats and kittens. They also helped feed the donkeys, brushed them and even cleaned their corrals. The guests seemed to enjoy themselves and we certainly appreciated the assistance!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As has to be expected when caring for such a large number of animals, we have suffered a few losses recently: from old age and from illness but, in general, the donkeys are doing very well. We now have 162 donkeys in the sanctuary, four of whom are visibly pregnant. One consolation is that the male to female ratio of the sanctuary population is almost exactly 50:50 which means that one-half of the population, having been castrated, cannot breed!

Meet our newest arrival, Pirate. Unfortunately he has a fracture of his hind leg which has been left too long without attention and now cannot be treated. However, now that he is in the Sanctuary he will not have to roam around to look for food. He is a very beautiful, jet black, seven-year-old male (now castrated) whose photo does not do him justice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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