Monday, May 31, 2010

Kindred Spirits Sanctuary: Donkeys!

The following is a photo account of my trip to Kindred Spirits Sanctuary in Ocala, Florida.
"Kindred Spirits is a non-profit farm animal sanctuary that helps neglected, abused, unwanted, or displaced farm animals."

This will be a 6-part series broken down by animals because each animal deserves their own spotlight.

Part five includes donkeys (or burro, since they have mules, too)!

Here they come!!

They have the softest noses!!!

Please excuse my goofy faces!

Apparently Mirza is the Donkey whisperer...


Other random photos from the are some doggies that followed us around. These dogs were full of pure joy!
Meet Ditto...gotta love that smile! It looks like he's being tickled to death, "heehehehehe"

She just walked over and sat in the mud puddle. Coolin' off?

And he just walked to this water tub, stepped in, and sat down. hahaha

Want to help a donkey/mule live a happy, free life?

From KSS website: Sponsoring a farm animal through Kindred Spirits Sanctuary is a win-win situation! People who care about these animals and their stories, but don’t have the time or space to adopt a farm animal, can still give a needy farm animal a great life! Sponsorships cover the cost of feed, shelter costs, and routine veterinary care for a particular animal for the duration you choose. You can sponsor an animal for an annual, bi-annual, quarter, or month duration. Each sponsorship is prepaid and does not renew automatically. By sponsoring a Kindred Spirit, you are assisting Kindred Spirits Sanctuary in providing the best care for each animal that makes his or her home here.

One year: $900
Six Months: $450
Three Months: $225
One Month: $75

(As a side note, I was NOT asked by the sanctuary to provide this information on my blog. I'm only doing it because after my visit to the sanctuary, I truly believe in what they're doing, and I know if my blog readers could visit that they would feel the same way. All of the information I've posted here is from my own personal account with visiting the sanctuary, and information from their website.)

If you would like to learn more about Farm Sanctuaries and how they help animals, I highly recommend checking out Gene Baur's book "Farm Sanctuary:  Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food.
I finished reading this book a few weeks ago and it is now one of my favorites. If you do not know Gene Baur, he co-founded Farm Sanctuary in 1986. It now consists of two shelters, one in New York, and one in California.
"Currently, Farm Sanctuary operates two shelters — a 175-acre farm in upstate New York and a 300-acre farm in northern California. Our shelters rescue, rehabilitate and provide lifelong care for hundreds of animals who have been rescued from stockyards, factory farms, and slaughterhouses. Here, the animals are given all the care and love needed to recover from a lifetime of abuse and neglect. All of the animals have nourishing food, spacious, clean barns, and acres of green, sunny pastures in which to roam."

They not only rescue animals, but also help to get laws passed for better animal treatment. The work of this organization is truly amazing. Check it out.

I actually have a secret lifetime goal of opening my own farm sanctuary:)


Anonymous said...

I just found your blog, and I love this cause - I wish I had the spare cash to donate. I've always been trying to pick up strays, so I understand your interest. Looks like a fun visit!