Jan 2016 E-Bray - 2016 Goals, Arrivals Updates, Goodbye Hilda
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January 2016 - E-Bray

The new year always brings a time for reflection at the Donkey Refuge.  A time to look back on the year that was and we start making plans for what is to come.  

Expansion of our Barns is definitely in the early planning stages as well as a Donkey Hospital area which is at the top of our Wish List.

The last intakes of donkeys that arrived in December were donkeys with extensive health issues that required many repetitive visits from the Veterinarians. It would have been so much nicer for the donkeys and their care givers if there was a warm and sterile place where the surgeries and medical treatments could be done as well as an area for the donkey to recover from their treatments with their best friend at their side.

We have now set our Goals for 2016 and we are eager for the winter weather to pass so we can get busy fundraising for the Expansions.
Arrivals Updates

Little Marco was gelded and has one more week of quarantine and then he should be able to enjoy supervised visits into the Mini Herd. 
His best friend Siska arrived with a very nasty infection that was likely caused by some kind of trauma to her nose and it took weeks of constant care before we could get the infection under control.  Now she looks great and her coat is growing back nicely!
Our Mini Joey visits the Dentist
Little Joey was overnight at the Kamloops Vet Office in December to have two teeth extracted.  His teeth were so close together that the food would get impacted  and cause an infection in his mouth.  
Help out with Dental Care
Joey has also been on his medicine for a month for Cushings Disease  and he is showing positive signs that he is feeling better and is  finally putting some weight  back on.  Katrina and Joey are enjoying the mini herd as their new home.
Goodbye Dear Hilda...
We sadly said goodbye to Hilda a week before Christmas. 
Hilda showed distress in her gut and likely had a twist or break in her digestive track.  It was so unfortunate as there is nothing we could do for her and we had no choice but to call the Vet and release her from the pain.  
We were so shocked with the loss of Hilda who was such a close and dear friend to Margherita as well as a hard worker when it came to any tours, care classes or parades.  Hilda and Margherita were the two go to donkeys when it came to greeting the visitors to the Refuge.   Margherita was just lost for a few weeks as she looked for her best friend each day. 

Donkeys do mourn the loss of their friends and family and it is very hard to watch. 
Good bye sweet Hilda until we all meet together someday.
Thank you to everyone who donated so generously in 2015.  Your Donations saved Donkeys and gave them the opportunity to heal and enjoy the rest of their lives in a safe and secure home.   

Well Done Donors! You made such a difference in these donkey's lives.  Thank you for Caring.
2016 Calenders still available through the Online Store or Contact Shirley 250.679.2778 or donkeyrefuge@gmail.com.  All proceeds go to help care for the Donkeys.
Please Note that if you have not received your 2015 Tax Receipts by the end of January then please do not hesitate to contact us: 
 - Alice at the Administration Office by email: aa.donkeyrefuge@gmail.com (please note office hours are Sunday & Monday only) 
 - Or Call Shirley at 250-679-2778.
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