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Donkeys and Flies

Posted by PrimRose on October 22, 2017 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

In the hot days of summer, despite the best efforts of the volunteers at mucking out, flies can be relentless. The mules and hinnies are tormented as well. Their tails are longer to sweep the flies away. Here are the donkeys grouped together trying to keep the flies at bay. Occasionally the flies will bite so severely on a donkey’s legs that it will draw blood. Swat is good remedy to apply to the legs. Fly strips are hung in the barn particularly in the kitchen/pharmacy area where food ...

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Susie Q's story

Posted by PrimRose on October 12, 2017 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Susie Q came from an Alberta farm to the sanctuary with 3 siblings and their mother Charisma. They boarded here while their owner worked at setting up a farm in Ontario. Finally a farm was purchased in Nova Scotia. The vet said Charisma was too old to travel such a distance. It is hard work to balance in a trailer all that way. It was decided that Susie Q would stay to keep her mother company at the sanctuary. Susie Q has had some health issues such as her coat was quite patchy. Now it has fi...

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World Animal Day

Posted by PrimRose on October 4, 2017 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

On Sunday we celebrated World Animal Day at the sanctuary. This day is commemorated world wide to bring awareness to improving the lives of animals everywhere. The mission of this movement is to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. Building the celebration of World Animal Day unites the animal welfare movement, mobilizing it into a global force to make the world a better place for animals. It’s celebrated in different ways in different coun...

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Volunteers at PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary

Posted by PrimRose on September 28, 2017 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Volunteers are very important at the sanctuary and there are many ways to help out. There are about 40 members on the list and 20 who are very active. Activities include mucking out, grooming, helping with feeding and watering, and giving tours on Thursdays and Sundays. There are building opportunities too as the fences, shelters and barn always need repairs. The barn is often painted and the chandeliers dusted!


There are also special event days where there are specific task...

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Sarah Rose and Lily

Posted by PrimRose on September 14, 2017 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

This is a Sarah Rose (blue halter) and her daughter Lily. They're large standard donkeys. Sara Rose is 46 years old, the oldest donkey at the sanctuary. Lily is 5 years old and is a very friendly sweet girl. Lily loves being groomed and cranes her neck around and quivers her lips to show how much she's enjoying being brushed. She also has gone through some naughty periods where she would stand in the middle of an open gate so it could not be closed.


Having a foal at 41 is ve...

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Beautiful Patsy

Posted by PrimRose on September 14, 2017 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

This is Patsy a large standard donkey, 21 years old who is blind. When hay is harvested and rolled too tightly or if it is wet the centre can go mouldy, not good for donkeys at all. This is what happened with Patsy, she got an eye infection as a result and lost her eye sight. She has had 2 self appointed seeing eye donkeys: Amos and Jonathon Cupcake who have both passed away.


After Patsy lost her eye sight the vet said she had to have her eye balls removed to prevent furthe...

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Sheyore and Marble

Posted by PrimRose on September 5, 2017 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Sheyore and Marble are two elderly donkeys who came together to the sanctuary. (Earl is in the background) As a donkey's age is determined by the wearing down of the teeth, it is difficult to determine their ages as they have no teeth. They are probably in their forties. It is also difficult for Sheyore and Marble to eat hay or graze, so Sheila mixes pellet feed with boiling water and makes mush for breakfast and dinner. Sheyore has a very noticeable sway back. As the donkey has not been at t...

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Cheerio miniature horse

Posted by PrimRose on August 29, 2017 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

This is Cheerio a miniature horse. She is at the sanctuary temporarily while waiting to find a new home. Cheerio was surrendered to the sanctuary as she was acting aggressively to the donkeys at the farm where she lived. She is with several miniature donkeys who definitely keep their distance from her. She is very friendly to humans and enjoys human companionship. Miniature horses are often interbred in order to produce the small stature. This can produce defects such as bowed legs or heart i...

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PrimRose's Birthday Party and Donkey Care

Posted by PrimRose on August 22, 2017 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

PrimRoses's party was a great success; lots of visitors meeting the donkeys and other animals at the sanctuary. Money is raised at these events held periodically to buy hay and help care for animals. It costs $700 per year for a healthy donkey which includes hoof trimming, floating of teeth, vaccinations, hay and bedding. All donations are gratefully accepted at the sanctuary and go directly to the animals; there are no paid staff or overhead costs.


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Primrose Herself is Having a Party

Posted by PrimRose on August 16, 2017 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

This is PrimRose Sheila's first rescued donkey. PrimRose pulled a cart at Black Creek Pioneer Village for the first years of her life and was then a guard donkey at a few different farms. At 21 years old PrimRose and her daughter Jilly were unwanted. Sheila adopted PrimRose and there began many years of rescuing donkeys and the establishment of PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary. Jilly became a companion for a race horse and PrimRose became Sheila's confidante. Primrose is an ambassador for the sanct...

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