We’re a bunch of dedicated animal lovers who have taken up the cause of protecting donkeys – they’re probably the most neglected and taken for granted domesticated animals. We’re here to change people’s notion that donkeys deserve a lot more than merely carrying heavy loads around. And we’ve been pretty successful in doing this.
We Keep You Informed
Jeffery G. Ash
Being a vet by profession, I joined this organization because they are dedicated to a unique cause – protection, rescue, and rehabilitation of donkeys.
Earl K. Dangelo
I love coming here and tending to the donkeys and interacting with them – and yes, they’re far more loving than we have branded them! I’m happy that I just don’t call myself an animal lover, but I’ve actually got an opportunity to do something for them!
Barbara M. Tabor
We noticed that donkeys are being exploited and taken for granted and that is precisely when we decided to do something about it. Donkey Village is home to donkeys that need a place where they will be loved and cared for and not ill-treated.
Observe the newborn donkey. The foal should be drinking its mother’s milk and can move around. The foal should be able to pass manure on its first day of existence. Otherwise, you need to have the baby donkey checked by a veterinarian to know if the foal is sick. Do not forget to disinfect its naval stump with iodine solution, too.
Build a shelter that is big enough to fit the mother and the foal. It should have at least three sides and roof to keep the donkeys dry and warm. The baby donkey needs to be kept dry at all times. The mother and foal should be together for at least four to six months. If you have multiple foals, remember to separate the males from the female when they reach five months old. This is to prevent them from breeding before their physical maturity.
The foal will start to eat solid food starting two to four weeks old. You can offer the baby donkey hay or feeds with a little fresh grass or grains on its separate feed bin. Always keep fresh water accessible for both the mother and foal. Please remember that in spite of the foal eating, it still needs to continue nursing until it reaches six months old.
Use a stiff burst to groom your foal. You also need to trim the donkey hooves regularly, around two to four months apart. Give the donkey a patch of dirt where it can take have some dust baths.
Consult a veterinarian for the necessary vaccines and deworming that your foal should have. An equine dentist should also check the donkey’s teeth ever two years to make sure the teeth grows properly.
The Needs of the Donkey
Of course the situation stated above is a bit on the extreme cases, the needs that you really need to concern yourself are the everyday needs. One thing completely essential for a happy donkey is a spacious area to run around, they might not exactly be as energetic as a Labrador but keeping one in an enclosed space wouldn’t exactly be saving them would it?
Another need that you might actually need to consider is a second donkey… I know you wanted to just save one but the thing is, donkeys are surprisingly social creatures, and they are often quieter and happier when they have someone to talk to. And no, you can’t buy left over props from a nativity scene, they would know.
Donkeys don’t really eat much, given that their natural environment isn’t exactly the type that provides really well, they might have evolved to get used to eating low nutrition hay. So you don’t really have to spend so much on the top shelf products show horses are used to. Of course the occasional carrot or so wouldn’t hurt. (Actually it can, too high on sugar, but spoil them a bit to show them that you love them.)
Finally shelter, a real one with a solid roof and walls, as they rarely actually get wet in the wild. If they do, they will definitely sick, and let me tell you, taking care of a large sick donkey, aren’t exactly a heartwarming scene. And if the worse comes to worse, disposing of the donkey is not an easy job. So if you love them, keep them dry.
Donkeys are like dogs, they are very playful and social, and they are fun to be with and fun to take care of. In addition, unlike a dog, you can ride them, so you have that going for you if you own one. But owning one is not a walk in the park, which is a whole other problem with donkeys we might to talk about one day, so make sure you are prepared to own one before you decide anything.