Mend a broken heart this Valentine’s Day. When you think of love and broken hearts you would not associate the two with animals. This is not the case and this Valentine’s Day The Donkey Sanctuary are raising awareness of the fantastic work that goes into the care and wellbeing of the donkeys.
For me this campaign is very relevant, I used to visit the Donkey Sanctuary a lot when I lived in Devon. It is a brilliant place to take the children, I remember what it was like before the fantastic cafe was built. There is a caring and easy feel to the grounds, the donkeys are in reach and all well looked after. We used to visit with Amelie when she was tiny, she loved tottering around the stables stroking the donkeys. Our favourite visit was not that long ago, a Summer Fair was held featuring a Punch & Judy show, games, stalls, scrumptious food stands and so much more. Amelie and Charlie absolutely loved it and we all came away feeling really lucky that we had the Donkey Sanctuary so close to home. The Sanctuary is a free attraction that relies solely on donations and if you have ever visited you will understand how important it is to support a worthy cause.
So this Valentine’s Day why not skip that box of chocolates and adopt a broken hearted donkey instead. I especially want to tell you about a loveable donkey called Will. He joined the Donkey Sanctuary with his best chum Coco, unfortunately their owner couldn’t take care of them anymore. Will has a hole in his heart which was discovered upon an investigation, this poor donkey had to be separated from his bestie due to the no breeding policy.
As well as going through the trauma of leaving his home he now had to be apart from his friend. But the staff at the Donkey Sanctuary took care of this in the utmost empathetic manner. The separation was gradual and in time Will was gently weaned away from Coco. The two donkeys remain good friends though and still see each other but Will has now joined a group of boys where he can be as free and playful as he chooses. Coco also has a good group of friends and they have settled into their new lives well, without causing another heartbreak for them both.
What a cute love story!
Adopting a donkey could make all the difference, that one little gesture would mean the world to the Donkey Sanctuary as it means they can continue to rescue, care for and help donkeys not just at the Sanctuary but worldwide. This would make a wonderful gift not just for Valentine’s Day but also an Easter gift for a child, a Mother’s Day present or a special birthday. Head on over to the Donkey Sanctuary website for lots more stories and information.
*In collaboration with the Donkey Sanctuary (not a paid or sponsored post)*