Saturday, October 20, 2012

Thistle is looking for friends and family members

Aruba Bound
Aruba Bound
We would like to introduce Thistle to you, one of the donkeys that is living at the Aruban Donkey Sanctuary. Thistle came to us by accident. One of the cactus fences, that keep the donkeys inside the Sanctuary, had fallen down and donkey Esmeralda had run away. The volunteers could not find her and they were worried, as she was roaming somewhere on the streets. After a few weeks there was a phone call from the neighbors: two donkeys were standing near their house. That was mystifying, as we were missing only one donkey.
When we investigated, it appeared that these two donkeys were unknown to us, but they were easy to catch and they happily walked with us to the Sanctuary, Thistle in the front with a halter on, and his friend Expresso sauntering behind us. Meanwhile Thistle has been moved to Sta. Lucia, because he escaped at Bringamosa. It was the same old story: a hole in the cactus fence and a missing donkey. Finally we found Thistle in the company of another donkey in San Nicolas. Fortunately Thistle is a friendly, easy-going donkey, so the could be caught without much fuss. And so he is back in the fold, loving every minute.

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 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.

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