Saturday, March 3, 2012

Chippie is on the look-out for friends and family members

We would like to introduce Chippie to you, one of the donkeys living at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. Chippie has been with us at the sanctuary since 1997. He used to be the leader of the herd, but he has lost that position to Chocolat. Although he is not a leader anymore, he has not lost his dominant traits and now and then he will show clearly who is the boss. Other than that he is a really nice donkey, who loves to be petted. That is because he grew up as a domesticated donkey. The people who took care of him, could not do so anymore and that is how Chippie came to live with us. His owners just called us and brought him to the sanctuary. That is how we like it: this is a much better way than turning an animal loose with all the risks of accidents and injuries that might cause.

Chippie has one very unusual habit, which makes him stand out: when it is time to eat, he loves to stand right in the middle of the feed, while the other donkeys stand around him. Throughout the years, Chippie’s central presence has become a normal sight, so neither the volunteers nor the donkeys are finding this strange anymore.

This beautiful donkey has been provided with a chip, just like all the other donkeys. On the chip is information about the donkey and its medical history. The donkeys at the sanctuary have a lot of friends with whom they can play all day long. And they love living there: they are well-cared for, they are fed and watered and when they are sick the vet is called. Yes, they are expensive customers for the sanctuary.

The volunteers are trying to cover the various costs with all kinds of activities and the sale of great donkey memorabilia in the shop. Fortunately, there are also visitors who wish to adopt a donkey, who buy something at the donkey shop or who make a donation. Thus they help support us. Everyone is welcome to visit the sanctuary, which has opening hours from 9 am until 4 pm and in the weekend from 10 am until 3. Entry is free of charge and one can enjoy a soft drink, a cup of coffee or a refreshing ice cream.

The volunteers of the sanctuary are hoping that somebody will adopt this friendly, lovely donkey. Of course the donkey will keep on living at the sanctuary; you only need to pay AWG. 30,-- per month for the donkey’s keep. With this amount you help support the sanctuary as well as your own donkey. And you will receive a beautiful certificate and a super T-shirt and your name and photo will be posted on our website. So please call the sanctuary at 593-2933; you can also register via the website www.arubandonkey.org or donate money on bank account number 40.03.025 at the Aruba Bank! Just do it!

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