Saturday, August 4, 2012

Bandit is looking for friends and family members

Aruba Bound
We would like to introduce Bandit to you: a donkey that finds his home at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. We happened to discover him trespassing. During feeding time he jumps away from the herd, runs for a while and comes back to eat. And that ritual was not known to the volunteers, so they went to investigate. And yes, the donkey was an intruder, who had jumped the fence to come inside. Together with a few visitors, the donkey was herded into a coral, because a stallion is not allowed to be in the herd. The helpful visitors named this donkey Bandit, because of his `criminal’ behavior. After his castration Bandit was released into the herd and he was accepted really fast. Normally that might take a while, but Bandit was welcome after one day already. He is a gorgeous, but shy donkey. He is not dominant, but petting him or having him pose for a picture remains a problem.

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! Would you like to follow the donkeys on Facebook: surf to Donkey Sanctuary Aruba please.