Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire
Colleague and former board member Eline Ploeger paid a visit to Donkey Sanctuary Bonaire:
In December I was back on Bonaire since a long time and almost immediately I went to the Donkey Sanctuary. I used to come often with the MD11 and always took stuff with me like medicines and breadrolls. And now after all those years I was impressed by this wonderful project where the animals are cared for so lovingly. Marina Melis and her husband have been working for decades to take care of the 600 donkeys. The donkeys came from Spain in the 17th century to be used as a pack animal. When modern vehicles made the donkeys useless, they were left to their fate. Because Bonaire is a dry island, many donkeys die from hunger or dehydration. Many donkeys are also hit by traffic.
The Donkey Sanctuary is committed to protect all the donkeys of Bonaire with a protected life, they are provided with food, drinking water, medical care and have a lot of space and freedom in the Sanctuary. Information is also given about the living environment of these animals to the islanders, schools and tourists. The tour around the beautiful grounds was great, we received a lot of attention from the curious donkeys. Afterwards I got to know a most beautiful little donkey Flexer from 2 months old. He was found, wandering around the island, mother-soul alone … and now receives all the care he needs in the Sanctuary. I could not resist and adopted him financially. Adopt a donkey, a one-off or structural donation, a visit to the Sanctuary and taking along necessary medicines … these are all ways to support Marina and her donkeys. If you go to Bonaire you should not miss a visit to the Donkey Sanctuary!
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