Fondly Remembered Donkeys
Amigo : Fondly Remembered ~ 1995 - 2014
Born in 1995, Amigo was a lively, dark-brown, Standard donkey. He lived on a farm along with several horses before being admitted for lifelong care to the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada in 1998.
Although his caretakers had been attentive to Amigo, they had not anticipated the differences in social organization between donkeys and horses. The horses had formed their own hierarchical group and, in the process, they had ostracized Amigo. In turn, he did not cope well with such a solitary situation and his behaviour became unpredictable. His caretakers contacted the DSC to ask for advice but they were unwilling to take in another donkey and a companion for Amigo. Instead, they requested that he be admitted to the Sanctuary.
Early in 2009, Amigo underwent surgery to correct his severely clubbed front hooves. The surgery was successful, but chronic damage done to the internal structures of his feet, before the surgery, meant we could make him comfortable only for a short while before the pain would return. We're happy to know we were able to give him an additional 5 years of comfort before having to say goodbye.
Arizona : Fondly Remembered ~ 1961 - 2010
Named after the state inwhich she was born, was born, Arizona was a very dark brown, Standard donkey. For many years she lived in the desert amongst a feral herd and then, eventually, she was taken by the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to be placed on a farm. At the time of her capture, she was branded on her left, front side. Some years later, she was brought to Canada.
For many years, Arizona lived on a breeding farm in Ontario. After her admission to the Sanctuary in 2008, Arizona lived contentedly with the other 'oldies' in the barnyard. She very much enjoyed the attention she received from staff, volunteers and visitors and she was extremely gentle with little children. Arizona's energy was remarkable, given her age, and she was in very good health until the last week of her life.
Belle: Fondly Remembered ~ 1996 - 2016
Belle was a beautiful, large dark brown Standard donkey. Not much was known about Belle's life before coming to the DSC. She was most likely used as a 'guard donkey' for various herds of livestock and when her owners got rid of their livestock, they wanted to get rid of Belle as well. Belle was moved to another farm where she was to guard cattle. However, Belle was showing signs of severe hoot discomfort (it takes a long time before donkeys will show they are in pain), not moving well, or at times at all, and seemed to not take any interest in other paddock companions. As she was no longer of use to the farm operation, the owner planned to sell her.
A caring neighbour took a liking to the gentle donkey, purchased Belle and brought her home. Wanting to do what was best for Belle, she contacted the DSC, first for advice, and then, believing that Belle would be much happier in a place where she had other donkey companions, as well as ongoing medical attention - she arranged to have Belle come to the DSC.
Belle was a very curious donkey and loved attention. Her feet were quite problematic when she arrived, so the DSC's farrier had to treat her in stages, doing as much as possible to relieve her discomfort. She had other health problems which were being treated as well. However, even with the best care possible, there came a time when we could not ease her pain any longer. Rest in peace, beautiful Belle. You were loved by so many in your short time here at the DSC.
Betty : Fondly Remembered ~ 1994 - 2016
Betty was a brown jenny who came from Sault Ste. Marie with two other donkeys, Archie and Veronica. After a move from one farm to a new location, the owner was having difficulty caring for Betty and her fellow donkeys in the new setting. Although they were well loved by the owners' grandchildren, and well cared for in general, a new home had to be found for the donkeys, and so they were brought to the DSC.
Betty's time with us was brief, but we had the chance to learn that she was an absolute sweetheart. She will be missed.
Bobby: Fondly Remembered
In 1994, Bobby, a dark brown Standard donkey, was born on a farm in Southern Ontario. He lived there until his caretakers divorced in 1998 and it became necessary to sell the farm.
When Bobby was brought to the Sanctuary, he was extremely wary of human attention. When more information was made available to us about his experiences up to that time, we understood why he was so nervous. Unfortunately, those who had handled Bobby in his early years were of the mind that he was a dumb creature whose intention it was to kick out whenever his hooves had to be trimmed. As a result, he would be tied to the ground during those sessions and there developed a pattern wherein he would become extremely anxious whenever humans approached him.
During the time that Bobby lived on the Sanctuary Farm, his attitude towards people underwent a positive change. He always received gentle, consistent treatment at the hands of the DSC farrier and so Bobby learned there was nothing to fear at these times. In spite of thos positive developments, Bobby continued to require specialist care. He was content to roam the fields with the donkeys in the main herd, but he always remained somewhat apart from them.
Bolivar : Fondly Remembered ~ 1989 - 2012
Born in 1989, Bolivar was a handsome Standard pinto donkey. During the years before he was brought to the Sanctuary, Bolivar was the stud on a donkey breeding farm. Eventually, due to the owner's illness, the farm had to be sold and Bolivar, along with 11 other donkeys, was slated to be taken to an equine auction.
When Sandra Pady, who lived nearby, was told of the probable fate of these animals (ie: that they would be sold to the slaughterhouse representative if no other interested buyer was in attendance at the time of the auction), she arranged to have them brought to her farm. Subsequently, other donkeys in need were taken in, and within in a year (1992), the Sanctuary was established as a not-for-profit charity. Since no animals are bought, sold or bred at The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, jack stallions like Bolivar are gelded after their admission. As a result, all of the equines at the Farm are able to live together in herds and to graze around their fields in the small groups that they prefer.
Bolivar was a very gentle creature and could be easily frightened. On Open Days, he preferred to greet visitors over the fence, rather than mingle with them in the barnyard.
Buddy : Fondly Remembered ~ 1991 - 2011
Buddy was a grey-brown Standard donkey who was born in 1991. He was a very stocky equine with a big chest and thick legs. One never needed to be nervous around Bobby, however, as he was easy to get on with at all times.
Buddy lived for many years on a farm in Southern Ontario along with a herd of goats and two other donkeys, Daisy and Sunshine. Eventually, however, the goats were sold and the family no longer had the time to care for the donkeys. The people knew the animals were being neglected and it would be much better for them if they could be moved to the DSC for lifelong care. They were taken in to the Sanctuary in November, 2008.
In the summer of 2011, Buddy started to display signs of serious neurological problems. Despite numerous tests and treatments, his condition deteriorated to the point that he had difficulty maintaining his balance. He would even fall, risking serious injury. With reommendations from the Ontario Veterinary College and our own veterinarian, we decided that forcing him to live a life confined to a stall, with no hope of recovery, would be inhumane, and the decision was made to humanely euthanize Buddy. He was a great favourite of staff, volunteers and visitors alike, and we all miss him.
Buffy : Fondly Remembered ~ 1984 - 2017
Buffy was a light coloured, gray-brown Standard donkey who was born in 1984. During the years before she was brought to the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, Buffy lived on a donkey-breeding farm. Eventually, the farm had to be sold and Buffy, along with 8 other donkeys, were slated to be taken to an equine auction.
When Sandra Pady, who lived nearby, was told of the probable fate of these animals (ie: that they would be sold to the slaughterhouse representative if no other interested buyer was in attendance at the time of the auction), she arranged to have them brought to her farm. They arrived in November 1991. Subsequently, other donkeys in need were taken in and, within a year the Sanctuary was established as a not for profit charity.
Buffy was a reserved donkey, often hesitant around people. At first, she preferred only the company of the other donkeys in the main herd. Gradually, Buffy began to relax and eventually she became able to stand calmly to be patted and brushed or to have her hooves trimmed by a farrier. A longtime resident of the DSC, Buffy will be missed by many - staff and visitors alike.
Chiclet : Fondly Remembered ~ 1999 - 2011
Chiclet was rescued in early spring 2000 by a caring supporter of the DSC. Until the time of his rescue, Chiclet was living alone in a field on a farm outside Kingston, Ontario.
When Chiclet was admitted to the Sanctuary Farm, his hooves were so overgrown that he hobbled slowly whenever he tried to walk. It was evident that this hooves had never been trimmed. His body was covered with ticks, there were patches of sunburn all over his face, and the tips of his ears had broken off, probably due to frostbite.
From the moment of his arrival at the DSC, Chiclet was given specialist care. His coat was shaved, the ticks were removed from his body, his hooves received an urgently-needed trim, zinc oxide was applied to the patches of sunburn on his face and body, and his ears were cleaned and medicated.
With each passing day, Chiclet's health improved. Once his hooves were trimmed, his gait stabilized. The patches of sunburn healed and his coat regrew. In time, he was running around the barnyard, curious about the other donkeys whose behaviour he began to imitate.
In particular, Chiclet befriended Paco, a miniature donkey with a deformed jaw. At first Paco was impatient with Chiclet but, as the weeks passed, Paco became accustomed to having a white 'shadow' always at this side. Chiclet was a gentle donkey who loved the attention he received from staff and visitors.
Cocoa : Fondly Remembered ~ 1996 - 2017
Cocoa was a beautiful, dark brown, very tall Standard donkey, born in 1996.
Cocoa was raised in North Carolina and lived for many years on a small farm where he was given the best of care. Then one day, as can happen in our contemporary society, the family unit broke apart and the farm had to be sold. Cocoa was put into a boarding stable where he lived in the company of many horses. The woman who had raised Cocoa visited him often in this new situation and it was not long before she realized that the standard of care at the stable was unsatisfactory. This pattern was to repeat itself several times more and throughout all of this, a week never passed without one or two visits by the woman to her donkey friend. Finally, when a stable was located where she considered that Cocoa was receiving appropriate care, it was at such a distance from her home that she had to pass several hours in the car on the days that she visited her donkey.
She continued to seek a better solution and then, quite unexpectedly, she became aware of the DSC. When she telephoned us her questions were many but by the conversations end, she had decided to make the two-day drive to come up and see the Sanctuary Farm. Soon after her arrival, she asked if there might be space for Cocoa and, fortunately, there was. In early Fall, she accompanied the trailer that brought her donkey to his new, and permanent, home.
Cocoa is very much missed by all of us at the DSC.
Danny : Fondly Remembered ~ 1984 - 2010
Danny was a dappled, brown and white Standard donkey who was born in 1985. Before being admitted to the DSC in 1994, he had lived for many years with a herd of cattle on a farm in Southern Ontario. Since he was with the cattle all the time and being fed the same diet, Danny was significantly overweight.
When the owners of the farm decided to sell and move to the Maritimes, Danny was slated to go to auction. Fortunately, though, a neighbour who had enjoyed seeing Danny in the fields, and who oftern stopped the car to pat the little donkey, enquired about Danny's future. When the neighbour learned that, due to his poor condition, Danny would probably be sold to a slaughterhouse representative, it was decided that the donkey deserved a better fate. The neighbour purchased him and in turn contacted the DSC to request that Danny be taken in.
Danny was one of the most agreeable and gentle donkeys living at the Sanctuary Farm. He enjoyed the company of the donkeys in the main herd and, at the same time, was wonderfully gentle with our visitors. He is deeply missed.
Don Quixote : Fondly Remembered ~ 2003 - 2015
Don Quixote, or Donny, was a grey dun Standard gelding who was born in 2003. Prior to coming to the DSC, he was taken in by a woman who provided equine rescure, and he was brought to her as a stallion. He was in very poor condition, and she suspected he had been abused previously since he would become fearful and aggressive around people, especially if they were holding any kind of tools.
As a stallion, Donny was difficult to handle, and had bitten several people at the rescue. Even after he was gelded, Donny remained aggressive, and the woman who had taken him in realized he would need specialized handling. She contacted the DSC to find out if we would be willing to take on such a difficult case. He was admitted for lifelong care in 2010.
Donny required intensive rehabilitation and retraining by the Sanctuary's experienced staff members, who worked with him regularly. The DSC family of donkeys helped as well with this rehabilitation, as they showed him how to behave politely within their herd. Don Quixote is very much missed by all of us here at the DSC.
Donkeschoen : Fondly Remembered ~ 1985 - 2014
Donkeschoen was a dappled-grey, large Standard donkey who was born in 1985. Her name is a play on words in the German language: where 'danke schoen' means 'thank you very much', and 'donke schoen' means 'pretty donkey'.
Before being brought to the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, Donkeschoen lived on a farm in Quebec where she received excellent care. Unfortunately, however, the family's circumstances changed and it became necessary to find a new home for her. When her caretaker learned of the work of the DSC through a magazine article, she requested that Donkeschoen be admitted.
Donkeschoen was a positive, much-enjoyed member of the DSC herd. She enjoyed listening to the Donkey Talks on Open Days, as her presence during the talks ensured she received undivided attention.
Dusty Rose : Fondly Remembered ~ 1984 - 2011
Dusty Rose was a dappled red roan standard donkey who was brought to the DSC in late summer, 2000. She was born in 1984. Her devoted companion, Dolly, another donkey, was admitted at the same time.
Both had lived on a farm in Eastern Ontario for many years but, when their caretakers decided to retire to British Columbia, they could not take the donkeys with them and so they appealed to the DSC for help.
Dusty Rose was well loved by staff, volunteers and visitors alike, and is very much missed by all.
Earl Grey : Fondly Remembered ~ 1985 - 2015
Earl Grey was a handsome, grey-brown Standard donkey, born in 1985. He was admitted to the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada in 1995 after the intervention of three supporters of the DSC at an equine auction in Central Ontario.
When first seen by these caring people, this desperate donkey was jammed into a pen, too small for his size, making it impossible for him to turn around. His hooves had been so grossly trimmed that he had difficulty remaining upright. When his turn came to be auctioned, the donkey was dragged into the ring, barely able to stand. As the bidding began, no one expressed interest in the swaying creature except those dealers who sold to the slaughterhouses. Unable to imagine such a fate for the donkey, the DSC supporters pooled their money, started to bid and, when the sale was completed, the donkey was theirs.
But the night was long from being over. The people contacted the DSC and requested the donkey be admitted immediately since the barn where the auction had been held was extremely drafty and cold, and the donkey was in much pain.
Six hours later, just after sunup, after the hundreds of kilometres required to fetch a trailer, pick up the donkey and drive him to the DSC Farm, Earl Grey (as he was named by his rescuers) was helped into a stall. That morning the therapeutic hoof work began.
Earl was content with his life at the DSC. A unique donkey, he 'marched to his own tune' and preferred to be solitary. At the same time, he was unfailingly gentle with people and a great favourite with staff, volunteers and visitors. Earl Grey was - and will remain - part of the heart and soul here, a constant abiding presence that will be deeply missed - by staff, volunteers, visitors and sponsors. He stood out - by not standing out, by just being his donkey self all the time.
Ed : Fondly Remembered ~ 1984 - 2011
Ed was a brown and white spotted Standard donkey who was born in 1984 in West Virginia. For much of his life he was neglected and ill-fed. Day after day he hobbled around on hooves that were seldom trimmed and often abscessed.
One day, when he was 12 years old, things changed for Ed. A caring woman happened to visit the farm where he lived and she persuaded the owner that Ed should be sold to her. Months passed and under the woman's positive care, Ed's condition improved gradually. Eventually he was able to live amongst the other donkeys that were resident at the farm.
Then one day, after several years of caring for Ed, the woman suffered some financial setbacks and she realized she would have to find another home for him. Although Ed was fully recovered, the woman knew he would be susceptible to a recurrence of his earlier hoof problems if he did not receive knowledgeable care. Fortunately, she had read about the DSC in The Brayer, the publication of the American Donkey and Mule Society, and so she contacted our office soon thereafter. As a result, Ed and another donkey, Little Britches, were trailered to the Sanctuary Farm by the woman in September 1999. Although the DSC was able to make Ed more comfortable and give him a good quality of life for many years beyond that projected by various professionals, the damage done to his hooves in his early years continued to plague him. In the fall of 2011, we could no longer manage his pain, and the decision was made to humanely euthanize him.
Fanny : Fondly Remembered ~ 1986 - 2009
Fanny, born in 1986, was a chocolate-brown Standard donkey, with an all-brown muzzle. In her colouring, she resembled Jacques, another donkey at the DSC, although they were not related.
In 2008, Fanny was brought to the Sanctuary, after the breeding farm where she had lived was sold. She had lived on that farm for 19 years, and had been a very good mother to her foals.
Fanny's nature was to be rather solitary. She could be wary of strangers and was easily startled. When she felt safe and could relax, however, Fanny was a gentle as could be with people. She very much enjoyed to be groomed and her sweet nature is much missed.
Gordon : Fondly Remembered ~ 1975 - 2012
Gordon was a dappled gray, large Standard donkey with beautiful, shapely ears. He had dwelt for many, many years alone with a horse companion and we understand that their life was quiet, without dramatic incident. Then, one day, as happens to all creatures, unexpected change occurred. It had become necessary for their caretaker to move and she concluded that it would be best for Gordon if he were to be brought to The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada.
Looking back, we can see that it is in situations like this one that the Sanctuary provides an all-important service. We could accommodate Gordon and in mid-2005 he was moved to the DSC Farm. That process, however, was only the beginning. Animals cannot speak; they are unable to tell us how anxious they become whenever there is a change in their environment. Gordon was no exception. Although he was in good physical health, there was a shyness and reluctance that surrounded him like an aura. He was confused by the many new companions in his life and he coped with that by standing alone, preferring to view all of the activity from afar. Although he was gentle, his inclination, when approached, was to move away.
As the weeks passed by, and through consistent, gentle care, Gordon began to relax. In human society, there is a tendency to assume that the other animals can experience great upheaval with little affect to their behaviour or sense of contentment. At the DSC we witness, on a daily basis, that this is not the case. Like humans the other animals need time, a period of adjustment, whenever their world is irrevocably changed.
Gordon, who was born in 1975, lived contentedly at the Sanctuary Farm. Due to his considerable age, he preferred to live quietly in the barnyard amongst his older companions.
Jasmine : Fondly Remembered ~ 1990 - 2016
Jasmine came from a loving home with three other donkeys - Blue, Carmen and Jesse in the summer of 2015. All four donkeys were crowd favourites on Open Days and Jasmine particularly enjoyed the attention she received. She liked to spend her days roaming the barnyard, looking for a comfortable spot to nap (and would never say no to scratches). The 26 year-old cutie was always one of the loudest at meal times - making it hard to conversation without first tending to her.
Her kind demeanor and exuberant bray will be missed by all.
Obewan : Fondly Remembered ~ 1991 - 2014
Born in 1991, Obewan was the first donkey to be born at The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada. His mother, Apache, is one of the three original donkeys fostered by Sandra before she founded The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada in 1991.
Shortly after the donkeys arrival, Sandra and David were surprised one morning when they came out to check the donkeys. Instead of three donkeys, there were four! Apache had given birth to a colt, Obewan. Apache and Obewan resided at the DSCs main farm, until 2000 when they were selected to live at a Foster Farm. In 2012, they returned once again to the DSC, and Obewan enjoyed his time with the other donkeys.
While living at the Foster Farm, Obewan took a great liking to the goats at the farm. He would herd them out of the barn in the morning, and would round them up to keep them close whenever he changed his grazing location.
Obewan was a friendly donkey, and relished ear scratches from any person who liked to take a moment to give them. He also enjoyed rolling in the mud much to the consternation of his caregivers when they were trying to keep his white coat clean!
Obewan passed away suddenly in 2014, from what appeared to be a neurological disorder.
Orly : Fondly Remembered ~ 1989 - 2013
Orly was a grey dun standard jenny who was born in 1989. She was one of the original donkeys admitted to The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada in 1991, and gave birth to a daughter, Pinta, in 1992 at the Sanctuary Farm.
During the years before she was brought to the Sanctuary, Orly lived on a donkey breeding farm. Eventually, due to the owners illness, the farm had to be sold and Orly, along with 11 other donkeys, was slated to be taken to an equine auction.
When Sandra Pady, who lived nearby, was told of the probable fate of these animals (they would be sold to the slaughterhouse representative if no other interested buyer was in attendance at the time of the auction), she arranged to have them brought to her farm. Subsequently, other donkeys were taken in, and within a year (1992), The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada was established as a not-for-profit charity.
Orly was a very friendly donkey, and enjoyed all of the attention that staff, volunteers and visitors gave her. She knew what she wanted, and was very vocal when expressing her wishes! She was very much loved at the DSC.
Peaches : Fondly Remembered ~ 1997 - 2009
Not much is known about Peaches before she was admitted to The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada in the autumn of 2009.
She had been abandoned on the front lawn of a small petting farm in Central Ontario, and the family who owned the farm quickly realized that she needed expert attention. They contacted the DSC, and we met to pick her up.
From the moment she was loaded onto the trailer, it was evident that Peaches was in a great deal of pain. Her feet were in bad shape you could see that they had been left to grow for years, twisting in the process, then the excess hoof had been simply cut off without any consideration for the shape or conformation of her feet. As a result, each step she took was awkward and obviously caused her pain. X-rays taken of her front feet revealed that the contortion of her hooves was so severe and chronic that part of the lowest bone in both front feet had been worn away.
DSC staff consulted with our veterinarians, farrier, the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph and with veterinary staff from the Donkey Sanctuary in England; all of whom concurred that there was nothing that could be done to ease Peaches pain, and that the kindest thing to do was to humanely euthanize her. A life of constant pain was not an acceptable option.Peaches story is an example of what can happen with a lifetime of neglect.
Reba : Fondly Remembered ~ 2004 - 2017
Reba was a beautiful red roan, standard jenny with a white face.
Not much is known about what happened in Reba's life before the DSC, as she was bounced around from farm to farm. We picked her up from a woman who had acquired Reba and one of her foals, saying that she was at the end of her rope as far as the resources she had available for Reba. In describing the condition Reba was in when this woman had first brought her to her farm, it seemed that, prior to her last home, Reba had lived a life of neglect and inappropriate care.
Reba's time with us was brief, but she will be missed by all.
Sable : Fondly Remembered ~ 2000 - 2016
Sable was a medium-brown, Miniature donkey, born in 2000. She was a very delicate, dainty creature, with tiny hooves and a beautiful coat.
Before being admitted to the Sanctuary in 2008, Sable lived contentedly on a small farm. However, when the husband in the family experienced a near-fatal stroke, his wife realized that, for an unknown period of time, she would not be able to give her animals the care they deserved. She turned to the DSC for help and so Sable was admitted for lifelong care.
Due to her size, Sable was most content living in the barnyard with the DSC's most senior residents. On Open Days, she mingled with visitors, much enjoying all the attention. She is missed so very much.
Stella : Fondly Remembered ~ 2005 - 2017
Stella was a brown miniature donkey. She was born in 2005 and lived on a farm in Southern Ontario. After the death of the owner’s wife and with his own advanced age, he felt that he was no longer able to provide Stella with proper care, and he contacted the DSC in the hope that we could give Stella a forever home. We welcomed Stella in late spring of 2015. Stella’s former owner came and visited her regularly.
Stella was a very shy donkey, but she has quickly made friends with some of the other miniature donkeys and was a pleasure to have as a resident of the DSC. She was with us only briefly, but is very much missed by all.
Tengen : Fondly Remembered ~ 1998 - 2017
Tengen was born at the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada on May 16, 1998.
Tibet, Tengens mother, is a little Standard jennet who was born in 1994. She is unusually shaggy, with a long gray and brown coat of hair. She was brought to the Sanctuary in April 1997 after having been impounded by a humane society inspector who had considered her physical condition to be a t a dangerously low level.
After her arrival at the DSC, Tibet settled in well. Steadily, she gained weight and, gradually, her overall condition improved, due in great part to the large amount of exercise that she received at the Farm. It was not until she was well into her eighth month that we realized that Tibet had become pregnant before her arrival at the Sanctuary. (Here at the DSC, we don't buy, sell or breed animals but, of course, if a jennet is already pregnant upon arrival, we will give lifelong care to the foal.)
Tibet carried the foal for 12 months and 2 weeks and then early one morning, Tengen was born in a very healthy condition.
During his first year, Tengen and Tibet were always together. Gradually, thereafter, Tibet weaned Tengen. Over the years, Tengen grew and matured into a lively, curious adult donkey who enjoyed to frolic with his gelding companions, especially Cargo and Odin. We will miss Tengen very much indeed.
Thelma : Fondly Remembered ~ 1998 - 2017
Thelma was a beautiful, brown Standard donkey. Before being admitted to the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada in the summer of 2016, Thelma lived with her sister Louise on a farm in southwestern Ontario. The two were originally rescued by a kind family in approximately 1999, but their owners were giving up their farm and needed to re-home the sisters.
Thelma and Louise had proven to be sweet and affectionate with staff and visitors. Though considered a bonded pair, the two had begun to spend some time apart, venturing out to expand their circle of friends.
Thelma was only briefly with us at the DSC, but she was much loved and will be deeply missed.
Fondly Remembered ~ 1992 - 2010
Gypsy was a gray-brown, Standard donkey who was born in British Columbia in 1992. Until her admission to the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, Gypsy had lived on a small horse farm, part of the time in the company of her sister, Juliet. The two donkeys were owned by different people and, after her divorce, Juliet’s owner requested that she be taken in by the DSC. In early Spring 2007, Juliet was moved to Ontario to the Sanctuary Farm.
Soon thereafter, Juliet’s caretaker was able to persuade Gypsy’s owner that it would be better for both donkeys if they could live together. When Juliet’s caretaker offered to pay for the trailering costs, permission was given for Gypsy to be reunited with her sister.
Gypsy was a very gentle, agreeable donkey and she had become quite a favourite with DSC volunteers. Juliet and she were often seen together in the fields, content in their new life.
Fondly Remembered ~ 1997 - 2013
Indiana was a large, gray-dappled Mammoth donkey, born in 1997 in Northern Ontario. Before being admitted to the DSC in 2004, Indiana resided at a farm in Central Ontario along with three donkey companions. They received very good care and were able to roam in large pastures.
Unfortunately, however, as the years went by Indiana became susceptible to the development of abscesses in his hooves. Repeatedly, he had to be taken out of the pasture and confined alone to a paddock where he was fed low-protein hay and barley straw. When he improved, they would place him back with his companions but soon thereafter new abscesses would develop. Eventually, Indiana’s caretakers realized that they were not experienced enough to deal with his ongoing delicate situation and so they contacted the DSC and requested that he be admitted for specialist care.
During the first 2 years that Indiana resided at the Sanctuary Farm, he spent most of his time in the main barnyard in the company of older donkeys who also required specialist care. His diet was monitored very carefully and he was able to pass extended periods of time as part of the main herd. His years at the DSC were contented ones and we very much enjoyed spending time with him here.
Fondly Remembered ~ 1994 - 2012
Jacques was a black Standard donkey who was born in 1994. When he was several months old, he was moved to a farm where there were several horses. The owners did not realize that the social organization of horses is different from that of donkeys and they expected that Jacques would be accepted by his new equine companions. Unfortunately, that was not the case: the horses would not accept a different equine into their herd. As a result, Jacques became very difficult to handle.
When the owners realized what was happening, they contacted The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada and asked that Jacques be taken into care. It was a difficult decision because the daughter in the family was very fond of Jacques but eventually she realized that it would be best for the little donkey to live where he could be with his own kind.
Jacques was a lively donkey, extremely curious, and could be quite a handful if he decided that he wanted to do something. He was most content, living amongst the Sanctuary herd, grazing in large fields and able to investigate anything that came his way. We will miss his distinct and determined personality.
Fondly Remembered ~ 1995 - 2016
Jimmy was an all-white Standard mule who was born in Northern Ontario in 1995. His caretaker was an elderly man and they lived on a small farm. During their time together, Jimmy was spoiled and never properly trained. Mules respond best to firm, consistent treatment and they like to know what their boundaries are. They are very curious and clever, and also strong-willed. Jimmy became difficult to handle and, eventually, he was sold to a woman who lived in Southern Ontario.
At the new farm, Jimmy was extremely agitated. The horses that he was expected to live with did not accept him into their hierarchy and his behaviour became increasingly unpredictable. Within a week, the new caretaker contacted the DSC and requested that Jimmy be taken into care.
In his new life, Jimmy was extremely content. He much enjoyed to visit with people on Open Days as long as they are on the other side of the fence.
Fondly remembered ~ 2006 - 2014
Odin was a white Standard donkey who was born at The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada in 2006. Before being brought yp yjr DSC, his mother Anu lived on a farm in Eastern Ontario. The farm had to be sold and, upon request, she was admitted for lifelng care to the Sanctuary, along with her first foal, Loki. At the time of her dadmission, Anu was in the last stages of a pregnancy, and soon after gave birth to Odin. Odin was energetic, curious and he much enjoyed running the fields with the other younger geldings. His favourite companions were Tengen and Cargo.
Fondly Remembered ~ 1998 - 2011
Paco was the littlest donkey who has ever been admitted to The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada. He was born in 1998 and had a deformed jaw which in turn affected the location of his right eye and ear. Due to this condition, Paco was unable to nurse. He had to be bottle-fed by his caretaker and, as a result, he bonded with her to the point that he began to relate with humans as being his natural herd. As a result, he had no interest in the other donkeys on the farm.
When Paco’s caretaker could not longer care for him, she requested that he be admitted to the Sanctuary. He was 3 months old at the time. After his arrival, Paco was given a high protein foal mixture, softened with reconstituted mare’s milk to help his little body develop strength. After seeking the advice of experts in donkey behaviour, a separate grazing area was created and Paco was placed there in the company of another young donkey from whom he could learn.
Paco lived with Chiclet, his constant companion, and with the older donkeys at the DSC. He was able to eat, albeit slowly, a diet specially prepared for him. Paco was a unique donkey whose presence in the barnyard will be much missed.
Fondly remembered ~ 1991 - 2016
Panne was a dark brown, Mammoth donkey who was born in 1991 on a donkey breeding farm in Southern Ontario. Shortly after Panne’s birth the owner of the farm became very ill. It was decided that the donkeys had to be sold. And after a week, when no buyers appeared, the owner decided to put the donkeys into an equine auction.
When Sandra Pady, who lived nearby, was told of the probable fate of these animals (ie. that they would be sold to the slaughterhouse representative if no other interested buyer was in attendance at the time of the auction), she arranged to have them brought to her farm. Subsequently, other donkeys in need were taken in and, within a year (1992), the Sanctuary was established as a not for profit charity.
When Panne was brought to his new, permanent home, along with his mother, Velvet, he was three months old. While being transported to the farm in a stock trailer, Panne’s right hind leg was severely gashed. Several weeks went by before the wound healed and, in the process, Panne became wary of people when they wanted to handle his leg. This led to his being extremely nervous around a farrier and it was several years before he learned to relax during a hoof-trimming session.
Panne was most content to live and roam with his gelding companions in the Sanctuary’s extensive fields. He was an adventurer, always looking to the other side of the fence where the grass was greener. He tended to be accident-prone and managed to scrape or cut himself on something at least once a year. At those times, Panne was brought into the barnyard with the older donkeys and treated accordingly.
Fondly Remembered ~ 1988 - 2011
Poppy was a gray-brown Miniature donkey who was brought to The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada Farm in 1995. She was born in 1988 and lived with her mother, Pansy, on a farm in Eastern Quebec. When the farm had to be sold, their caretaker requested that they be taken admitted to the DSC for lifelong care.
In the years since Poppy’s and Pansy’s arrival, they have been wonderful ambassadors for the Sanctuary. They have been taken to fairs, to visit the elderly and the sick. and to church services. On every occasion Poppy was gentle and patient with all of the attention she received.
Fondly Remembered ~ 1986 - 2012
Rosie was born in 1986. A light brown-gray Standard donkey, she was the first-born foal of Ms Jenners, another donkey at the Sanctuary Farm. Although the markings on their faces are different, mother and daughter resembled one another quite closely.
Rosie was brought to the DSC in 2008 and quickly demonstrated a sense of humour. She could be playful - and determined - all at the same time. In addition, she was very clever and amongst her many skills was the ability to open gates. She surprised us on several occasions by appearing where she was unexpected.
Rosie was well loved at the DSC and a favourite donkey to many to sponsor. She will be very much missed.
Fondly Remembered ~ 1988 - 2013
Saucy was practically one of the original animals here at the DSC, arriving in 1994. She had bad feet from the very beginning and over the years had numerous laminitic episodes. We were able to treat and help her recover but age and progressive problems with her feet made treatment impossible this time. Her ability to move became limited very quickly. A new nerve-blocking drug was tried, sadly with no effect, so she was simply made as comfortable as possible with painkillers and mild sedatives. Her behaviour let us know quite clearly it was time for her to go.
Saucy has been a quiet constant presence here for so long it’s tough to imagine her gone.
We take comfort in knowing that she is now free of pain, and we hope at peace.
We know we face the issue of aging animals here at the Sanctuary who are living and adapting to a climate that is not at all the best for their feet and health.
She will really be missed.
Fondly Remembered ~ 1987 - 2012
Everyone who came to The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada Farm was charmed by Solo, a large Standard gray-brown donkey. He was fascinated by people and he was particularly fond of standing next to a person and sniffing his or her ear. In addition, he was curious, playful and determined. Indeed, to be with Solo on a regular basis offered the opportunity to understand how very complex a donkey can be.
Solo was born in 1987 in Northern Quebec on a small farm in a village by a lake. His mother died during his birth and, as a result, from his early hours of life Solo was bottle-fed by one of his caretakers. During this process he bonded completely with her.
By the time that Solo was five years old, and after an unsuccessful, and harsh, training experience at a neighbour’s farm, Solo’s unpredictability had become a serious concern. His caretaker found it almost impossible to handle him but she refused to give him up unless he could be moved to a situation where he would be helped. Quite by chance, in a newspaper article, she learned of the DSC and subsequently requested that Solo be admitted to lifelong care.
Now, many years have passed since Solo was brought to the Sanctuary Farm. In that time he taught us a great deal about equine-human communication and about the language of body movement. Over time, we came to appreciate that, in Solo’s case, most every one of his responses was prompted by fear. He much preferred to pass all of his time in the barnyard, apart from the herd, and able to stand nearby staff and volunteers as they went about their work.
Solo was unique and from him we leaned a great deal about nonverbal communication. He was a very special member of the Sanctuary family.
Fondly Remembered ~ 1970 - 2015
Summer, born around 1970, was a large, dun-coloured Standard donkey with an all gray muzzle. Her large brown eyes had distinctive black lines around them that were suggestive of her zebra cousins. Donkeys, horses and zebra make up the equine family.
Late one very hot afternoon in July 2002, a call came into the Sanctuary office from a sheriff’s bailiff. He had been sent to a farm to impound the possessions of a person who had not paid rent for almost a year. Much to the bailiff’s surprise and dismay, he discovered upon arrival at the farm that the ‘possessions’ included three horses and a donkey, all of them badly neglected. Their owner had not been seen for many months and, during that period, the animals had stood in stalls, day after day, assisted only by a caring neighbour who brought them water each day.
The bailiff reacted quickly, consulted with an associate who had equine experience, found homes for the horses and, ultimately, he was directed to the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada. Immediately, upon receiving an account of the donkey’s situation, the jennet was taken in to lifelong care.
When Sanctuary staff went to pick up the donkey, they were appalled at the living conditions. The animals’ stalls had not been cleaned or aired for months and months. The donkey’s hooves had not been trimmed in at least a year so she hobbled along painfully when they led her from the stall to the waiting trailer.
On the day that the donkey was brought to the Sanctuary Farm, the temperature was nearing +35C. So that we might always be reminded of her arrival during such an unusual spell of heat, it was decided to call the donkey, ‘Summer’.
Summer settled in to the Sanctuary’s routine almost immediately. She was a very curious creature who knew her own mind when there was something she wanted to do. We were very pleased she was with us during her retirement years. She is profoundly missed.
Fondy Remembered ~ 1967 - 2009
Windy was a dark brown Standard jennet, who was born in 1967. Before her admission to the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, it was believed that she resided at a farm in Southern Ontario.
One afternoon, in Fall 2002, this donkey was found walking along a side road. No one in the area for kilometers around would claim responsibility for her. She was subsequently taken in by the local humane society.
In keeping with their regulations, this elderly donkey was placed for auction. Fortunately, a longtime supporter of the Sanctuary read the notice of the auction and, after consulting with us, acted promptly to ensure that she could be given haven at the DSC. On the day that the jennet was moved to the Sanctuary Farm, driving was difficult due to severe winds. It seemed appropriate to give her the name, Windy.
Fondly Remembered ~ 1993 - 2016
Trooper was an all-white, Standard donkey, born in 1993 in Southern Ontario.
When he was admitted to the The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada in 2003, Trooper's condition was very serious. An infection had caused his body to be covered with open sores and the founder in his hooves was so severe that he was unable to walk. In the early stages of Trooper's care, extraordinary efforts were made by Sanctuary staff to ensure that his recuperation would be successful. As the days and weeks passed, the infection was eradicated and the sores gradually healed. Corrective shoes were placed on his hooves to encourage proper regrowth of the hoof walls. After two months, his strength and appetite had improved considerably and, for short periods at a time, he could walk carefully around the barn paddock.
Trooper's condition was always monitored. His hooves were sensitive and his diet could never be too rich, or there could be a recurrence of the founder. He spent his days contentedly in the company of the jennets and gentle geldings. On Open Days, Trooper was content to be brought into the barnyard to greet visitors and be patted and fussed over. He is very much missed.
Fondly Remembered ~ 2006 - 2016
Nello was admitted to The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada Farm in winter, 2006. A supporter of the DSC who lives in rural Ontario had rescued him. At a nearby farm, a lamb was born and then orphaned. When he was four weeks old, this friend of the DSC contacted us to determine whether we could help and take him in. We agreed to give him a home, bottle-feeding and all. He was given the name, Nello, (the Italian word for ‘lamb’ is ‘agnello’) and we learned that this rust-coloured lamb was a Katahdin hair sheep. This breed of sheep is unusual, as they shed their hair, thus remaining cooler in warm weather without needing to be sheared.
Nello was a highly energetic creature, often seen gamboling from one end of the barnyard to the other. In very short order, he identified the barn as ‘home’ and the other sheep as his companions. Once he was fully grown, he established himself as the leader of the DSC's small flock of sheep, and kept the others in line with a quick head butt. His charming spirit is missed by all.
Fondly remembered - 2001 - 2016
Ginger was a dark-brown, small mule who was admitted to the DONKEY SANCTUARY OF CANADA Farm in late 2006. At the time she was 5 years old and she had lived for 18 months in a petting zoo in Eastern Ontario. When the farrier was brought in to trim her hooves, he hobbled her, which made her panic. She was then forced to the ground and restrained further. The experience filled her with terror and, from that point, she refused to allow anyone to touch her. Her hooves were left to grow and eventually they became so long that they turned up at the ends.
When the owner of the petting zoo realized that the little mule would have to be tranquilized in order to have her hooves trimmed, he contacted the local SPCA because he did not want to spend the necessary amount for such a procedure. In turn he was referred to the DSC and he requested that she be admitted to the Sanctuary.
Over the years of our work with the donkeys and mules we have come to realize that they can sense much more about the nature of their environment than we assume. When the Sanctuary’s Animal Caretaker went to pick up the little mule, the owner of the petting zoo anticipated that she would have to be tied and restrained and dragged on to the trailer. Instead, she was approached quietly and patiently and, as soon as the lead was put onto her halter, she trotted into the trailer.
Shortly after her arrival at the Sanctuary Farm, the little mule, who was named Ginger, was examined and then our farrier was called to begin treatment on her hooves. His quiet and gentle technique was effective. Gradually, she calmed down enough to undergo the initial trimming.
Ginger lived amongst the small herd of mules at the Sanctuary. Although she was small, she did not allow the larger mules to push her around.
Fondly remembered ~ 2000 - 2016
Becky was a chocolate-brown Standard donkey who was born in 2000. For years she resided at a farm where she received very good care. By the time she was 4 years old, however, she started to experience seizures and, after extensive veterinary care, it was concluded that these spells may be caused by a tumour in her brain. She was monitored very carefully for years thereafter, and fortunately the seizures gradually abated.
Becky was brought to The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada Farm in 2007 along with her mother, Abigail. They are both very friendly with Sanctuary visitors. Becky was a quiet and gentle donkey, and can usually be found in the company of her mom, and her friends Cora and Monte. As with all the donkeys and mules who are admitted, Becky was under the care of the DSC for the rest of her life.
She will be missed by all.
Fondly remembered ~ 1993 - 2016
Angus was born in British Columbia on April 29, 1993. He lived for 15 years on a small farm outside Vancouver where he was in the company of several horses. He was given very good care over the years and he lived quietly. In 2007, however, his behaviour started to change/and be unpredictable. In particular, he became very uncomfortable when attempts were made to pick out his hooves or during farrier visits. The situation deteriorated to the point that it became necessary to sedate him in order to carry out any hoof-trimming. After several such incidents, his owner concluded Angus would have to be moved to a setting where he could receive specialist care. Subsequently, she contacted The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada and requested that her donkey be admitted.
In 2008, space became available at the Sanctuary Farm for this troubled donkey and so his owner arranged for him to be trailered across Canada to his new lifelong home.
Angus was by nature a solitary creature with little interest in the main herd at the Farm. Like Earl Grey, another donkey whom he resembled, Angus marched to his own tune. He is very much missed.
Fondly remembered ~ 1986 - 2016
Chico was born in 1986 and spent his life before coming to the Donkey Sanctuary with Sadie, a grey dun Standard donkey born in 2000. Their former owners were thrilled when the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada was able to give both of the donkeys a permanent home in 2014, as they did not want the donkeys to be separated.
Chico was an easygoing, confident little donkey, a champ when it came to getting his feet done or seeing the vet. His friendly presence is missed by all.