PrimRose will be celebrating her 46th birthday this year! PrimRose is the namesake of the sanctuary and the first resident. She used to pull a cart at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto and was then shifted around from farm to farm for about five years. She has been with Sheila for 26 years - the one who started it all!
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Now 26 years old, Sheila has had Ote since he was eight months old. Ote was companion to Gilly flower, who was Primrose's foal. Currently, he is the patriarch of the sanctuary, companion to PrimRose, and Sheila's confidante!
20 years old, Joey is our alpha. Before he found a home at PrimRose, his owners had beaten him with a baseball bat, tied him to a tree and left him there to starve. Goats who escaped from the same farm were found by a neighbour, and when she returned them, she found poor Joey. It took two months for him to trust people, but now he is an in-your-face alpha male!
Oliver and Mom Sally Ann
A pregnant Sally Ann was rescued from an auction by good friends of Sheila's. Sally Ann had painfully twisted, overgrown hooves. Her future that day was bleak; if not for the intervention of the sanctuary. Oliver born two weeks after Sally's arrival and was a complete surprise. Oliver will be celebrating his 10th birthday this year on August 19th and is enjoying life with his mom at PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary.
Sarah Rose and Lily
Sarah Rose passed away peacefully in January 2020. Lily understood what happened and is doing very well without her mom. Lily has become friends with Joey.
Here's their story: Lily and her mom Sarah Rose were rescued with Robbie and his mom Emily. Lily was covered in big round burs and only about 2 or 3 weeks old. Sarah Rose was really too old to have a baby.
We think Lily must have been born in a bur patch. Lilly is almost as big as her mom at four years old and loves hugs and kisses. Sarah Rose is our oldest resident at 49 years of age.
Riley is a teenager who was very 'wild' when first arriving at PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary. He wanted to chase the other donkeys and not come near anyone to get any attention. He is a 'new and improved' donkey loving attention and not bothering the other donkeys (as much). He has now bonded with Sally, Oliver and Robbie. Way to go Riley!
Robbie is Emily's son and half brother to Christmas. Robbie and his cousin Lily were covered in round burs and very thin when rescued in April 2012. Robbie and Oliver (who is Sally Ann's son) have become best friends.
Charlie and his Angels
Charlie (in red halter) with his Angel's, Rosie, Tiana and Amelia Bedelia (in blue halter). These very sweet donkeys are miniature and quite small in size.
Suzie Q and mom Charisma
Charisma passed away from old age on Christmas day 2018. She was over 45 old. Her daughter Susie Q has accepted this and has developed her own routine. She will be missed by daughter Susie Q, Sheila and volunteers. Suzie has made friends with Jessie mini.
Jessie mini came to us with Austin and Wilson, mules. He has cataracts and is going blind. He smells the ground while he is walking therefore it's a slow process to walk him into the barn. Jessie enjoying a head scratch on a post and is pictured here with best friend Suzie Q.
Sheyore and Marble
Sheyore and Marble had been together for all 48 years. Sheyore all though she misses Marble is doing well and is our oldest donkey at the sanctuary.
Jack and Sara
Jack is a large standard gelding and Sara's loyal protector.
Sara is a larger miniature donkey and a very sweet girl.
Aggie and Finnegan
Aggie (mammoth donkey) and Finnegan (miniature donkey) were at the sanctuary a few years ago until going to a foster farm, have now returned. Aggie is a friendly, curious gentle donkey who loves being groomed and petted and also loves Finnegan. She treats Finnegan like her son: they are often close to each other and Finnegan easily walks under Aggie’s head. However biologically they are not related.
Molly and Elizabeth
Molly and Elizabeth are very attached to each other. They arrived at the sanctuary within 3 days of each other and bonded.
Oscar lives with his friend Junebug (a hinny) at PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary and is doing very well and has recovered from his surgery to remove a huge tumor from his gum.
Snowball arrived with his mammoth buddy Tommy. Tommy has since passed away. Snowball has become friends Riley and Robbie.
Abe and Daniel
Father and son Abe and Daniel came from a very loving home, due to medical situation they had to come here to live at PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary. They are doing well and are very sweet guys.
Princess was in a cattle farm in Collingwood covered in cow mud. Very scared and nervous of all sounds. A very long 3 1/2 hour drive home. Peter of course at the wheel. Her eyes were a mess. She is going blind and has to wear a fly mask at all times to protect her eyes from the dirt and wind. She has no peripheral vision so you must come up to her face-on. Very head shy. Her buddy is sometimes Eddie the hinny. Has not bonded with anyone else as yet. Princess is feeling very comfortable and safe at PrimRose Donkey Sanctuary.
Sadie came to us very sad, she had just lost her donkey friend of 15 years. Unfortunately the previous owners did not let her see Lizzie's body. Therefore she didn't know where her friend had gone. This is very important. After a couple of months, she chose PrimRose as her new friend.
Merlin came to us due to a marriage breakup. His name was Mo Mo. Sheila changed his name to Merlin which we thought suited this sweet boy who loves to sing much better!
Harry was very overweight and has since lost 100 pounds. The excess weight has compromised the bones in both back legs. We have made him more comfortable with massage and laser treatments. Harry is a very sweet boy.
Moon and Star
Moon and Star came with Canterbury and Blitz. They are very nice miniature jennets (female donkeys). Easy to get along with and very affectionate.
Maggie and Olivia
Maggie was bought at a meat auction, we paid for her by the pound, $700.00. She has since had a jenny foal, Olivia. She was born on August 7th and is a wonderful addition to the family.
Hannah is a large miniature donkey. And was bought at a livestock auction. She was advertised 'as a wonderful Christmas present for your grandchild'. Obviously we had to take her. The very sweet Hannah who loves attention is having a snack in this lovely photo!
John came to us with his friend Max. After a rivalry we had to find a home for Max. John is very loving and a good friend to Ote. You can see how relaxed John is chilling in his favourite spot behind the barn.