April: Katie's Surgery, Donkey Care Class, Volunteering & Events
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2017 -  The Year of the Donkey
 Our New 2017 Open Hours
 Month of April
Saturday and Sundays Only
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

 May 1st - September 15th
Friday to Tuesday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(Closed Wed & Thurs)
Katie is a new arrival to the Refuge and she suffers with Sarcoids on her legs and in her nose.   Donkey Sarcoids are a type of tumour cancer that does not metastasise or spread to internal organs, but can grow large enough that they cause the donkey discomfort. 
We decided to take Katie to the Kamloops Large Animal Clinic and to have one sarcoid removed from her leg and then have an innovative treatment done where pieces of the removed sarcoid would be surgically placed in Katie's neck.
The hope is that Katie's immune system will react to the foreign material in her neck and send out the signals to fight and destroy them so she won't need further surgery on her delicate nose tissue.
We were also  given a small amout of a very expensive ointment to place on her nose sarcoids to help shrink them.  Katie has healed from surgery and now we wait to see if her body can win this battle on the ones in her nose.
Thank You to everyone who came out to our Annual General Meeting . If you missed the meeting please find a copy of the 2016 Financial Statements on our website.
April Donkey Care Class & Volunteer Opportunities
Donkey Care 101 Class
Sunday April 9th 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
A hands on class that provides very important information on how to halter, tie up, groom, clean hooves and walk a donkey.  This course is a prerequisite for anyone wishing to volunteer at the Donkey Refuge in contact with and handling donkeys directly.   Limited spaces available and they are filling up fast.  Participants must have a current Membership in the Refuge Society.
Email Shirley at donkeyrefuge@gmail.com  for more information.
Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers help make this Refuge work and as we grow we need more volunteers.  We have 110 donkeys in our care and 6 more senior donkeys requesting a place to live out their lives at the Refuge.  Our Staff and Directors do an incredible job but it also takes many hands to keep the smaller jobs done. 

Can you Help? 
We would love to have you join the family of Friends who Love Donkeys.  We need helping hands for all of our April and May Events (see below) as well as each of our monthly events coming up in the summer season. 
Volunteer Applications can be found on our website or call Shirley at the Office 250-679-2778.
Upcoming April / May Events
Spring Plant and Pie Sale and BBQ 
Sunday May 7th

   This is one of Our Very Important Fundraisers'
   Featuring our Special Asiatic Lily Sales.
  Helpers Needed baking pies, manning the tables, Donkey Displays, Gate Greeters, BBQ helpers, Set Up and Take Down, Barn Cleaners in the morning.
RSVP:   Shirley by email or 250-679-2778
Garage Sale
April 15th
11am - 3pm

Rob and Shirley Household Goods plus BBQ Fundraiser.  Volunteers needed for the Concession and parking.
Refuge Spring Clean Up
Sunday April 23rd 
10:30 am Start
Can you Help?  Can You Bring a Friend who might be interested in Joining  our Volunteer Group? 
Jobs include Yard Work, Staining Picnic Tables,  Flower Beds, Tree Planting etc.  Lunch is Served for all Volunteers.  
Would you like to volunteer but have limited mobility or can't make the time committment? 

We would love to have you knit or crochet some Donkey Stuffies for the Donkey Shoppe.
Contact Us for the patttern. 
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