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How a miniature donkey rescue & farm stole my heart!

Updated on February 2, 2018
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Kerrie is an avid hiker and adventure lover of all things outdoors, plus a part time dog walker and hikes with her two Goldendoodles daily!

From the moment we entered the farm, we knew we were hooked!

One summer day a friend and fellow animal lover asked me if I wanted to join her in volunteering at a miniature donkey rescue. Not being the biggest fan of horses and not knowing there was such a thing as a "miniature donkey," I didn't jump at the chance at first. It wasn't until she showed me the website of the farm and the beautiful faces of these donkeys that I was in love and couldn't wait to get my hands on them.

Meeting our new little donkey friends

Upon entering this gorgeous farm, truly it was unlike any farm I had ever seen. I wouldn't even call it a farm, it was a sanctuary of green lush fields, flowers and beautiful red barns. We stepped out of the car just in owe of how beautiful it was before even seeing the donkeys in the barn. Once inside the barn, we were greeted by about a dozen little donkeys. All of them super excited to have some visitors and get a little attention. They came running over to us like dogs actually. They love being petted and talked too. They also love to be brushed. So, this was an easy job for us animal lovers. Talk to and pet a donkey? Ok..you got it! We spend a few hours in and out of different pens meeting all the donkeys that had been rescued from out west. Each and ever one of them were so loving and gentle. It was easy to want to hang out there all day long. We even got to meet a couple new moms and babies. They too were happy to let us into their pens and show off their little ones. We got a lot of practice in with brushing, feeding and mucking stalls.

Weekly donkey visits

After our first visit we decided to come one a week and help with whatever we could. We just pet them and give them love, feed and muck stalls. It's amazing how they are so similar to dogs right down to how they'll push their heads into your arm or leg to get your attention. The look in their little black eyes is pure love and trust. It's something everyone should experience in their lifetime. It's turned into a love fest over the years for us. These donkeys have our hearts forever and we're so blessed to be able to spend time with them.

The beautiful barn and some of the pastures

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      Linda Crampton 3 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like a great place to help donkeys. They are certainly cute!

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      KERRIE 3 months ago from CONNECTICUT

      They are very sweet little donkeys! Much more manageable than a horse :)

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 3 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      These miniature donkeys look adorable. My grandpa has raised a horse and a mule during my lifetime.

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