Saturday, September 1, 2012

Kodak is looking for friends and family members

Aruba Bound
We would like to introduce Kodak to you, one of the donkeys that find a home at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. It all started with a phone call that a severely injured donkey was roaming the area surrounding the Natural Bridge. Once there, it appeared that the donkey was badly wounded in his hind leg; it proved to be the much-feared screw worm, a disease where a fly lays eggs in a small wound. The worms then eat their way through the healthy flesh surrounding the wound, hereby causing it to grow larger and larger. Kodak was one of the first animals that was suffering from screw worm: something which is nothing to cheer about. It is also a very painful disease, so Kodak stood on just three legs during his first month at the Sanctuary.

That is how he got his name: a tripod is used during photography and Kodak is a name that comes to mind when the subject is photography. During his first month with us Kodak could not eat, only drink lots of water. But after lots of medical attention and lots of loving care he got his appetite back, especially when he was fed lovely bits of apple or carrot. Nowadays Kodak is a happy, healthy donkey, who is running around on four legs again. He has found his happiness again; only an ugly scar is the reminder of a very dark period in his life.

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,-- [$16.76 USD] 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 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